NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State men’s basketball team will now play a weekend series, both home and away, with each of the other four teams in the Northern Division as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released an updated MEAC basketball schedule on Monday afternoon.
All told, the Spartans will play every team in the North a total of four times each for a 16-game conference schedule. Games will be played on back-to-back days, Saturday and Sunday, to reduce travel time for teams.
The Northern Division will consist of Norfolk State, Coppin State, Morgan State, Delaware State and Howard. Maryland Eastern Shore opted out of sports for the 2020-21 athletics season.
The Norfolk State women’s basketball team will now play a 12-game MEAC slate against teams from the conference’s Southern Division in the new composite league schedule released by the MEAC on Monday.
The Spartan women were originally scheduled to compete in the MEAC’s Northern Division in the league’s effort to reduce travel time for teams during the pandemic. However, Maryland Eastern Shore, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman have since opted not to compete in women’s basketball this season, leaving an imbalance among the two divisions in the previous plan. So NSU will now shift to the Southern Division and play North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State four times apiece in the newest schedule.
In another effort to limit travel time, the league will play on back-to-back days each weekend with women's games between the same two teams set for Saturday and Sunday. Several off weekends were built into the schedule to allow for the possibility of makeup games if needed.