CHICAGO – After playing a record 22-game league schedule one year ago, the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball season will transition to a single round-robin, 14-game schedule for the 2020-21 academic year, it was announced by the league office Tuesday morning.
Originally slated to be the same 22-game schedule as one year ago with the exception of switching home-and-away dates, the continuing complexities surrounding COVID-19 and the varying guidelines in each of the league’s four states represented forced the CCAC presidents to look into the possibility of pushing back the conference start date.
Late Monday night, the 15 league presidents made the decision to move to the 14-game format with the first league contest scheduled for Saturday, January 2. Two games per week will follow on each of the next seven Wednesdays and Saturdays with league play concluding on February 20.
The eight-team, single-elimination conference tournament will follow over the course of the next week with the men’s dates being February 23, 25 and 27 and the women going February 24, 26 and March 1.
The decision made by the CCAC presidents does not limit member schools to playing just the 14 conference games this coming winter. Each member institution will still have the institutional discretion to play the maximum 30 games allowed by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) if they choose to do so. The 16 non-league games will be up to each conference school in accordance with NAIA guidelines.
Among the possibilities for those desiring to play non-conference affairs are the eight league games that were scheduled in November and December as part of the original 22-game league plan. Those contests can still be played on those or similar dates if the two conference teams make the decision to keep those games intact. They will, however, be treated as non-league affairs.
For the updated conference schedule, go to Schedule.
The CCAC is made up of nine representatives from Illinois, four from Indiana and one each from Iowa and Wisconsin. Representing Illinois are Governors State University, Judson University, Lincoln College, Olivet Nazarene University, Roosevelt University, Saint Xavier University, Trinity Christian College, Trinity International University and University of St. Francis.
Those hailing from Indiana are Calumet College of St. Joseph, Holy Cross College, Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University South Bend.
Iowa and Wisconsin are represented by St. Ambrose and Cardinal Stritch University, respectively.