The NCAA is moving forward a change in basketball scheduling procedures that might produce a more competitive non-conference scheduling environment, the governing body announced on Wednesday.
The proposed change will not change the 31-game limit on college basketball schedules, but will change the way those games can be broken up with regards to multi-team tournaments.
Under the new proposal, multi-team tournaments will be limited to a maximum of three games per team and all schools must participate in the same number of games.
Last season, Pitt played four games as part of the Barclays Center Classic, hosting Central Arkansas, North Alabama and Troy before playing Saint Louis at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
In 2017, Pitt hosted Montana and UC Santa Barbara before facing Penn State and Oklahoma State in the so-called semifinals of the Legends Classic.
Those games are semifinals in name only, because in the past, the visiting teams of campus had no chance to advance to the main contest.
Now that the games will be limited to three games total, with all teams needing to play the same number of games, those preliminary round games, which typically feature badly outmatched low-and mid-majors, will be will be reduced, if not eliminated.
That could provide for a more-competitive scheduling environment, as each team will now have an extra game or two to work with in the team-controlled portion of the schedule.
Of course, that doesn’t mean college coaches won’t just schedule more games against cupcakes when left to their own devises, but they’ll have one fewer public out when doing so.