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University of Delaware's basketball schedules have a different look this year

Kevin Tresolini
Delaware News Journal

The Colonial Athletic Association announced unique men’s and women’s basketball schedules for the 2020-21 season Wednesday aimed at limiting travel while the coronavirus pandemic continues to undermine health and routine.

The University of Delaware is slated to open its CAA schedule with a pair of men’s basketball games against the College of Charleston on Jan. 2 and 3 at the Carpenter Center. The UD women will face the Cougars on those same days in South Carolina.

The rest of Delaware’s basketball schedules through February follow a similar format, the only differences being home-and-away contests with nearby Drexel.

Delaware's Dylan Painter slams past Hofstra's Isaac Kante in the second half Delaware's 75-61 loss in a CAA tournament semifinal at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington D.C. in March.

Delaware is not selling season tickets for basketball this season and has not yet announced how many, if any fans, will be allowed at home games.

The CAA typically plays a full round-robin schedule in which each of the 10 teams plays the other nine once at home and once away.

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Instead, this year teams will play the same opponent on Saturday and Sunday at the same location. Only matchups against travel partners, such as Delaware and Drexel, stray from that setup.

“Today’s announcement is the first step in the planning process associated with conducting a men’s and women’s basketball season during the 2020-21 academic year,” CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said in the conference’s announcement.

“There are a number of protocols and challenges that still need to be met to make sure that games can be conducted in a safe environment for our student-athletes, coaches and staff members. Health and safety remain at the forefront of every decision we are making, and we are excited about the possibility of having our student-athletes back on the court.”

Delaware's Jasmine Dickey works through traffic in a 2019 CAA Tournament game at the Bob Carpenter Center.

In addition to Charleston, the UD men will host Hofstra (Jan. 16-17), Elon (Jan. 30-31) and James Madison (Feb. 20-21).

The Blue Hens will visit William & Mary (Jan. 9-10), UNC-Wilmington (Jan. 23-24), Northeastern (Feb. 6-7) and Towson (Feb. 27-28).

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The Delaware women will play those same schools on the same days but at the opposite sites.

The UD men visit Drexel Thursday, Feb. 11, with the women hosting Drexel the next night. The Drexel men will play in Newark Feb. 13 with a women’s rematch in Philadelphia Feb. 14.

Delaware has not announced its nonconference basketball schedules. The season may not begin until Nov. 25, two weeks later than originally planned.

Delaware men’s basketball

2020-21 CAA schedule

Jan. 2 – Charleston, TBA

Jan. 3 – Charleston, TBA

Jan. 9 – at William & Mary, TBA

Jan. 10 – at William & Mary, TBA

Jan. 16 – Hofstra, TBA

Jan. 17 – Hofstra, TBA

Jan. 23 – at UNCW, TBA

Jan. 24 – at UNCW, TBA

Jan. 30 – Elon, TBA

Jan. 31 – Elon, TBA

Feb. 6 – at Northeastern, TBA

Feb. 7 – at Northeastern, TBA

Feb. 11 – at Drexel, TBA

Feb. 13 – Drexel, TBA

Feb. 20 – James Madison, TBA

Feb. 21 – James Madison, TBA

Feb. 27 – at Towson, TBA

Feb. 28 – at Towson, TBA

Delaware women’s basketball

2020-21 CAA schedule

Jan. 2 – at Charleston, TBA

Jan. 3 – at Charleston, TBA

Jan. 9 – William & Mary, TBA

Jan. 10 – William & Mary, TBA

Jan. 16 – at Hofstra, TBA

Jan. 17 – at Hofstra, TBA

Jan. 23 – UNCW, TBA

Jan. 24 – UNCW, TBA

Jan. 30 – at Elon, TBA

Jan. 31 – at Elon, TBA

Feb. 6 – Northeastern, TBA

Feb. 7 – Northeastern, TBA

Feb. 12 – Drexel, TBA

Feb. 14 – at Drexel, TBA

Feb. 20 – at James Madison, TBA

Feb. 21 – at James Madison, TBA

Feb. 27 – Towson, TBA

Feb. 28 – Towson, TBA

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