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The Ohio Valley Conference has released the league’s 2020-21 schedule for men’s and women’s college basketball. 

The schedules increased from 18 to 20 conference games in order to help address issues associated with the delayed start date and to be responsive to a desire to provide additional contests within the geographic region. Each OVC team will play every league school at least once and nine league schools twice.  

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Each OVC school was given discretion to schedule their two games with their “travel partner” separate from the 18-game league schedule to give teams flexibility to complete the non-conference schedule. One must be scheduled before the holiday break, while the other can be any time during the season.

“Our athletics directors explored a number of scheduling options designed to address the scheduling challenges we may face due to the pandemic,” OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche said. “Ultimately, they decided to adopt schedules that increase the opportunity for conference competition while staying true to our traditional conference scheduling structure and pattern.

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“Our intention is to play as close to a typical conference schedule as possible, but we stand ready to address scheduling challenges and modify the schedule during the course of the season should the facts warrant. I am grateful to our OVC leaders for their dedication, foresight and commitment to our student-athletes.”

The 2021 OVC men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are scheduled for March 3-6 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

2020-21 OVC men’s, women’s basketball composite schedule

“Flex” games – TBD date

  • Austin Peay at Murray State
  • Murray State at Austin Peay
  • Belmont at Tennessee State
  • Tennessee State at Belmont
  • Eastern Illinois at SIUE
  • SIUE at Eastern Illinois
  • Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State
  • Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky
  • Jacksonville State at Tennessee Tech
  • Tennessee Tech at Jacksonville State
  • Southeast Missouri at UT Martin
  • UT Martin at Southeast Missouri

Wednesday, Dec. 30 

  • Austin Peay at Tennessee State 
  • Murray State at Belmont 
  • Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky 
  • UT Martin at Jacksonville State 
  • SIUE at Morehead State 

Saturday, Jan. 2 

  • Eastern Kentucky at Austin Peay 
  • Belmont at UT Martin 
  • Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois 
  • Jacksonville State at SIUE 
  • Morehead State at Murray State 
  • Tennessee State at Southeast Missouri

Thursday, Jan. 7 

  • Austin Peay at SIUE 
  • Southeast Missouri at Belmont 
  • Murray State at Eastern Illinois 
  • Jacksonville State at Eastern Kentucky 
  • Tennessee Tech at Morehead State 
  • UT Martin at Tennessee State 

Saturday, Jan. 9 

  • Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois 
  • UT Martin at Belmont 
  • Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky 
  • Jacksonville State