Earlier this week, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) revealed the 2020-21 schedules for both men’s and women’s basketball.
The announcement came a week after the league’s Council of Presidents approved a new schedule model.
The teams will be playing on designated days of the week. The men are to play Tuesdays and Fridays, and the women will play on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Both Saint Peter’s basketball teams are slated to start competition the second week of December. The men will open their season at home on December 8th against Iona and the women the next day against Canisius.
However, the Peacocks face a complication, as the gym in the Yanitelli Center is still under renovation, and there is not yet an expected finish date.
The teams will host their home competitions at an alternate location until the gym’s completion.
“We are hopeful to play some home games in our new facility at some point this season,” said Cameron Harty, the Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations at Saint Peter’s.
With the resumption of competition set to take place for winter sports, the focus now moves to fall sports.
The NCAA DI Council recently approved moving fall championships to the spring. With this, the MAAC’s Council of Presidents will have to decide on a plan for fall competition.
“The MAAC has formed a working group to develop plans for accommodating the fall sports into the spring semester given the recent NCAA decision to move the fall championships to the spring,” according to MAAC Commissioner Richard Ensor.
The group will address issues such as schedule format, number of contests, championship bracket format and the site of the championships.
The proposed start date for volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country would be sometime in late January and finish in early April with NCAA selections. A permissible start for men’s and women’s soccer would be in early February with the season ending in mid-April leading up to the NCAA tournament.
The commissioner anticipates “the working group will have its recommendations to the Council of Presidents for approval sometime around the end of October.”
Until then, Peacock fans have the start of men’s and women’s basketball in December to look forward to.