The Pac-12 has announced plans to expand its men's basketball schedule from 18 to 20 games beginning in 2020-21.
The change is designed to improve strength-of-schedule ratings for the Pac-12, which has received the fewest NCAA Tournament bids of any major conference over the past two years.
“Changing to a 20-game conference schedule will improve the strength of schedule for all 12 teams and that’s very important for the overall success of the league,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said in a release from the conference. “It will also be really positive for the fans because each team will get to play 10 Pac-12 games at home.”
The two additional conference games will be played in the months of November and December, with each team adding one road game and one home game. The league is also discussing nonconference scheduling standards as part of a new strategic plan to improve its basketball product.
"Strategic scheduling — both conference and non-conference — (is) critical to the strength and well-being of any league,” Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said. “Our athletics directors, head coaches and league administrators are all in alignment that an increase to 20 Conference games is the best course of action for our league moving forward.”
The 18-game league schedule will remain in place for the 2019-20 season. The Ducks and Beavers will play home-and-home series against the Arizona schools, the Bay Area schools and the mountain schools with the L.A. schools at home and the Washington schools on the road.