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FAU to play 18-game, conference-only basketball schedule

C-USA announces format change aimed at 'minimizing the risk associated with COVID-19'
FIU Panthers forward Devon Andrews shoots over FAU Owls forward Karlis Silins in February 2020
Posted at 4:49 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 16:56:50-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic will play a conference-only basketball schedule this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Conference USA announced Tuesday that all men's and women's basketball teams will move to a new 18-game regular-season format "that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes."

Under the revised format, FAU will play two games per visit at four C-USA schools and host four other conference teams for a two-game series. The Owls will also play a rival opponent -- presumably Florida International -- once at home and once away.

"Moving to this schedule format will significantly reduce the amount of travel during conference play, with the aim of minimizing the risks associated with COVID-19," the conference said.

The conference will still field its postseason tournament in Frisco, Texas.

Conference play is scheduled to begin on New Year's Eve.