On Thursday, the Pac-12 released it’s conference pairings of the 2019-2020 basketball season, while approving a change to the league’s schedule that will go into effect in the near future.
Starting in the 2020-2021 season, the Pac-12 will increase the league slate to 20 games, in a move that Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Jamie Zaninovich believes will “lead to more competitive schedules and help our programs and league achieve our goals of enhancing the Pac-12 basketball brand and preparation for postseason play.”
Oregon State athletic direction Scott Barnes, who also serves as the ADC liaison to the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball head coaches, also commented on the scheduling change by noting that, “strategic scheduling - both conference and non-conference - are critical to the strength and well-being of any league. 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.”
As for the upcoming 2019-2020 campaign, Oregon State drew both home-and-away match-ups against Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford and Utah. This season, the Beavers will avoid a home-stand against both Washington and Washington State, while they will also not have to travel to Los Angeles to square off with UCLA and USC.
Oregon State is coming off an 18-13 campaign, where they posted a 10-8 mark in conference play. The Beavers lost five of their last seven games to close out the season, but are expected to welcome back potential Pac-12 Player of the Year Tres Tinkle and rising talent Ethan Thompson, both of whom currently have their names in the NBA Draft.