The Atlantic-10 will not follow the recent trend of collegiate athletics leagues in expanding its schedule, according to a report bu Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
The A-10 will remain at 18 games instead of moving to 20 games for conference play, a move that the league had considered this offseason.
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Sources: The Atlantic 10 is not expected to move forward with a 20-game conference schedule in men's basketball. Topic was discussed during last week's league meetings.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 20, 2020
Other leagues, such as the Big Ten and the ACC, which share similar footprints to the A-10, have already made the change, with the ACC playing its first 20-game season in 2019-20. The Big Ten began the trend in 2018-19.
With 14 teams, the ACC will likely continue the scheduling matrix that it has been using, with each team playing every other conference opponent one time and then getting a second game against five additional opponents.
Colleges can play a maximum of 31 regular-season games, which means that Atlantic-10 teams must schedule 13 non-conference games.
The league has taken care of one of those games by organizing the Atlantic-10/Mountain West Challenge, in which Duquesne will visit Wyoming on Dec. 5.
Duquesne will play three games in the Maryland Showcase, visiting the Terrapins on Nov. 22 and hosting Cal Baptist on Nov. 16 and San Jose State and Nov. 18.
The Dukes will be forced to play at least a portion of their 2020-21 schedule without a home floor, as construction delays on the renovations to UPMC Chuck Cooper Fieldhouse will mean that the building will not be ready for the start of the season.
Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he has games lined up against Furman and East Tennessee State, among others. Duquesne will once again use a variety of home floors as well as play multiple neutral-site games, including the game against Furman.
Dambrot also said that it’s difficult to schedule games in Duquesne’s position as strong mid-major opponent.
“I could give you the list of teams that we’ve contacted to play,” he said. “And we haven’t had a lot of success.”