On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported that due to the still inexplicably ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Patriot League will be suspending non-conference basketball play for the 2020-21 season. While Borzello is a men’s college basketball reporter for The World Wide Leader, I think it’s safe to assume that if the Patriot League is ending non-con action for men’s hoops, they will also be doing the same for the women’s teams.
Anyway, that’s not the point. The point for bringing this up here on this Marquette sports internet website is that back in mid-June, the MU men’s basketball team announced a non-conference schedule that included a season opening game against Lehigh.
Lehigh is a founding member of the Patriot League, and so that game is now officially not happening. This isn’t a complete and total surprise for the tuned-in and informed Marquette fan, as the NCAA already announced that, due to the pandemic, basketball games for the 2020-21 season can not be played before November 25th. With the Marquette game against Lehigh previously scheduled for November 10th, it was going to have to be rescheduled anyway if the two sides wanted to fit it in. Combine that with the fact that the NCAA also reduced the maximum allowable number of games that teams can play in a season, and maybe this game getting cancelled by order of the Patriot League is actually good news for the MU administration. Now it’s just one less thing to worry about.
As you read this, it’s already been slightly over two weeks since the NCAA altered the details of the 2020-21 basketball calendar. It’s not surprising that we haven’t gotten any finalized and official details of when and where the Golden Eagles will be playing when (if?) the season gets started. After all, Marquette isn’t going to release a new official schedule until it’s finalized since they already released one schedule waaaaaaay earlier than they actually should have and now that one has been tossed in the trash to a certain degree. We’ve seen reports that the Big East is dedicated to playing the 20 game full double round robin schedule that they were planning on playing, as well as reports that there could be as many as four conference games during the month of December. This can all change, of course, so now we sit and wait for someone over at the McGuire Center to hit the publish button.....