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Report: ACC to Allow Teams to Play Non-Conference Games in 2020



The ACC is planning on allowing its schools to play non-conference basketball games during the 2020-21 season, according to a report by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

The NCAA announced on Wednesday that teams will be allowed to play 25 games plus one multi-team tournament for a total of 28 games. The ACC regular season was 20 games for the first time in the 2019-20 season, which would make for a significantly truncated non-conference slate.

College basketball teams are usually allowed to schedule a total of 31 games, but with the start date of the season pushed back to Nov. 25, the sport’s governing body reduced that inventory to compensate for the shorter timeframe of the season.

The ACC played two of its conference games in the first half of the season last season, with one to tip off the regular season in early November and another coming in December. Rothstein said the league plans of playing two games per school in December this season.

Pitt has not announced its schedule for the 2020-21 season. They’re scheduled to play in the Myrtle Beach Invitational for three games. That tournament is reportedly going to be moved to Orlando, where several other preseason tournaments are moving.

Charlotte, Dayton, Loyola, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn and Utah State are among Pitt’s potential opponents in that tournament.

Pitt is also scheduled to visit West Virginia and host Central Michigan, Drexel, Gardner-Webb and Morgan State. It’s not clear if all of Pitt’s previously scheduled games will be able to played.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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