NEC Announces Men's & Women's Basketball Conference Schedules

NEC Announces Men's & Women's Basketball Conference Schedules

The Northeast Conference announced the league schedules for men's and women's basketball on Wednesday. Merrimack, which joined the NEC as the league's 11th team, will play a full league schedule and count in the standings, but is ineligible for the NEC Tournament until 2024 as it completes its Division I transition. The Blue Devils squads will each play nine home games in league play and look to qualify for one of eight spots in the bracket for the Northeast Conference Tournament in March.

The men's and women's non-conference schedules will be released on Thursday. Season ticket information for the men's and women's basketball season will be available in October.

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CCSU MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
NEC MEN'S SCHEDULE GRID

CCSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
NEC WOMEN'S SCHEDULE GRID

The Central men's team will play home and away against Robert Morris, Saint Francis U, LIU, Merrimack, Sacred Heart, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner, and Bryant. The Blue Devils will play once away at Mount St. Mary's, while playing home against St. Francis Brooklyn. CCSU will open the league slate with three of its first four games at home. The schedule opens at home against Robert Morris (Jan. 2) and Saint Francis U (Jan. 4) before a trip to LIU (Jan. 9) precedes a home game against Merrimack (Jan. 11). Central will play three straight home games Jan. 23-30 and Feb. 13-18, before closing out the league slate at home against St. Francis Brooklyn (Feb. 29). 

The CCSU women's squad will play home-and-away games against Robert Morris, Saint Francis U, Sacred Heart, Merrimack, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner, Bryant and LIU. Central will play a single home game against St. Francis Brooklyn and travel to Mount St. Mary's. The Blue Devils women's team will play three of its first four league contests at Detrick Gymnasium. CCSU opens the league schedule against Robert Morris (Jan. 2) and Saint Francis U (Jan. 4), then plays a road game at Sacred Heart (Jan. 8) before hosting Merrimack (Jan. 11). Central will close the league slate with back-to-back home games against LIU (March 2) and St. Francis Brooklyn (March 5).

Men's Schedule Notes
- The men will play a nine-week, 18-game schedule, beginning on Thursday, January 2 and ending on Saturday, February 29. Teams will play eight opponents twice and two opponents once.
- Seven of the nine weeks will be contested on the league's typical Thursday/Saturday schedule. Games will be contested on Saturday/Monday to coincide with Martin Luther King Day on January 18/20 and February 21/23 will be a Friday/Sunday slate. In addition, mid-week games are scheduled for Wednesday, January 15 and Tuesday, February 18.
- Game times are to be determined and dates may be moved to accommodate TV.
- The 2019-20 NEC television slate will be announced in October.
- Merrimack will be a full schedule and count in the standings, but is ineligble to compete in the NEC Tournament until 2024 as the Warriors completes their DI transition.
- The 2020 NEC Men's Basketball Championship will take place on March 4, 7 & 10 at campus sites. For the 16th straight year, the tournament will consist of an eight-team playoff format with all games played at the home of the higher seed. After the quarterfinals, the teams will be reseeded so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals.

Women's Schedule Notes
- The women will play a 10-week, 18-game round robin schedule, beginning on Thursday, January 2 and ending on Thursday, March 5. Teams will play eight opponents twice and two opponents once.
- In seven of the ten weeks, games will be played on the women's usual Saturday/Monday schedule. The opening weekend of play will take place on a Thursday/Saturday on January 2/4 and the schedule shifts to a Friday/Sunday format on February 21/23. A midweek game is slated for Wednesday, January 8 and the regular season concludes on Thursday, March 5.
- Game times are to be determined and dates may be moved to accommodate TV.
- The 2019-20 NEC television slate will be announced in October.
- Merrimack will be a full schedule and count in the standings, but is ineligble to compete in the NEC Tournament until 2024 as the Warriors completes their DI transition.
- The 2020 NEC Women's Basketball Championship will take place on March 9, 12 & 15 at campus sites. The tourney field will feature eight teams with all games played at the home of the higher seed. After the quarterfinals, the teams will be reseeded so the highest remaining seed plays the lowest remaining seed in the semifinals.

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