Pac-12 to decide on 18, 20 or 22-game women’s basketball schedule, Oregon Ducks has at least 3 local nonconference opponents

EUGENE — A 22-game Pac-12 schedule is under considering for women’s basketball, as well as 20 and 18-game options, which could be decided as soon as today.



Kelly Graves talking on a cell phone: Kelly Graves addresses the crowd before the team's senior day celebration and after the No. 3 Oregon Ducks beat the Washington Huskies 92-56 in a women's basketball game on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones for The Oregonian/OregonLive


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Kelly Graves addresses the crowd before the team’s senior day celebration and after the No. 3 Oregon Ducks beat the Washington Huskies 92-56 in a women’s basketball game on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Photo by Serena Morones for The Oregonian/OregonLive

Oregon coach Kelly Graves set the conference’s coaches will meet Wednesday afternoon with the hope of deciding the league’s scheduling framework, which will have ripple effects for nonconference scheduling, the status of which remains in flux for the Ducks and most every other team in the country.

“I’ve already been on record as saying I’m for the 22-game Pac-12 schedule,” Graves said. “I love the double round robin. Even if it was not a COVID year, I still want a 22-game schedule. I think that’s fair. I love it. We play in a great conference and that will really test us and prepare us.”

Graves said whether the Pac-12 schedule for the women’s teams will mirror those of the men, so as to minimize travel throughout the season, is also being considered and still to be determined.

Oregon had several marquee nonconference games scheduled but most all of Graves’ plans have gone by the wayside. A season-opener against South Carolina was scrapped long ago. It was still possible for the Ducks to face the Gamecocks, who ended last season No. 1 in the polls, at the Battle 4 Atlantis, but that event has also been scrapped.

“That’s where we were going to get a lot of our big-time nonconference games,” Graves said.

The Dec. 19 game against Baylor, which was to be part of a quadruple-header at the Pac-12 Coast to Coast Challenge, is “up in the air,” according to Graves.

Originally scheduled home games against Long Beach State and Princeton were also wiped out, with the former hoping to reschedule for a future season.

No matter how many nonconference games Oregon has available, Graves is hoping to play local schools and potentially a multi-team event.

“I just think there’s more questions still nationally than there are answers,” he said. “If it’s just three, I already had on my schedule preliminarily on the old schedule Portland, Portland State, Seattle U. Those are three locals schools that I would like to still play early in the season.”

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