The Houston Roundball Review is an online basketball publication
by: Kris Gardner, United States Basketball Writers Association member. Credentialed media member since 1997. USBWA approved online journalist. Voter of Lowe's Senior CLASS, Naismith, USBWA, and Wooden awards.

Contact Kris Gardner for details pertaining to advertising on the website; the blogs; and / or the podcasts.

Get NCAA women's hoops info from The HRR via Email

American Athletic Conference going to 20 conference games for 2020-'21

POSTED: September 22, 2020 -- 3:47 p.m. CT

The American Athletic Conference is expected to announce its men's and women's basketball teams will each play 20 conference games for the 2020-'21 season.

Sources have told me the move to 20 conference games will indeed happen. The conference office is expected to announce the decision soon.

Jon Rothstein, from CBS Sports, was first to report the decision.

Currently, AAC men's basketball teams play 18 conference games.

SUPPORT The Houston Roundball Review via PayPal or via the Cash App.

OR get the Disney bundle:

Get ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu!!! Save 30% when you bundle all three and get the best movies, shows & sports.

The two additional conference games for the AAC men's teams eliminates 2 nonconference games from the schedule in this pandemic-impacted season. Basketball coaches across the country are having a difficult time filling out the nonconference portion of their schedules this year.

Plus, 2 more conference games could be beneficial for the AAC's NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) metrics -- assuming, of course, AAC member schools are not having a down season -- which could result in more AAC teams earning at-large berths to the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Currently, AAC women's basketball teams play 16 conference games.

The four additional conference games for the AAC women's teams would lessen scheduling difficulties for this season; however, in the future, it would also decrease opportunities for AAC teams to schedule top-tier teams in the nonconference.

Though the move to 20 conference games is believed to be just for the 2020-'21 season, adopting a 20-game conference schedule beyond the 2020-'21 season would provide additional content for the new "The American on ESPN+" streaming channel.

CLICK HERE for more NCAAW news and info.

 Subscribe in a RSS Feeds reader

Get NCAA women's hoops info from The HRR via Email

Click to Support

The HRR on Twitter

The HRR on Facebook