The Pac-12 Conference released the schedule for the 2019-20 men's basketball season. Coming off a run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, the Ducks currently have just eight players eligible to play, led by star point guard Payton Pritchard and two returners from last season's team; Francis Okoro and Will Richardson.
A few takeaways from Oregon's schedule;
-Oregon will host USC and UCLA, but won’t make a return trip to Los Angeles as part of this year’s rotation.
-Oregon travels to Washington and Washington State and will also meet just once.
-A home-heavy tail end; Oregon will play five of its last seven games at home for the first time since 2015-16.
-Mark your calendars! The Pac-12 Tournament, which Oregon won over Washington last season, will be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas March 11-14.
-Things are changing; Next season, the conference moves to a 20-game conference schedule, which includes 10 pairings instead of nine.
From the UO Athletic Department:
Oregon will play five of its last seven Pac-12 men’s basketball games at home in 2019-20.
The conference announced the Pac-12 pairings for the 2019-20 season on Monday.
Oregon will open the league season at the mountain schools, Colorado and Utah, the weekend of Jan. 4.
The Ducks’ Pac-12 home opener will come a week later against Arizona and Arizona State.
The only regular season meetings between Oregon and the Washington schools comes the weekend of Jan. 18, when Oregon treks to Seattle and Pullman.
The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena to host UCLA and USC the weekend of Jan. 25. Oregon will not play in Los Angeles this year.
Then it’s three-straight road games for the Ducks with California and Stanford in the Bay Area the weekend of Feb. 1 and a trip to Corvallis the weekend of Feb. 8.
After the Civil War, the schedule flips with five-of-seven games at Matthew Knight Arena.
Colorado and Utah are in town the weekend of Feb. 15.
The Ducks make their final road trip of the year to Arizona and ASU the weekend of Feb. 22.
The 2019-20 regular season wraps with OSU visiting Eugene the weekend of Feb. 29 followed by Cal and Stanford the weekend of March 7.
This will be the first time since the 2015-16 season that the Ducks will play five of their last seven games at home.
The 2019 Pac-12 Tournament will be held March 11-14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Monday’s announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. All 108 Conference games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.
Oregon’s 2019-20 non-conference schedule will also be released in the coming weeks.
Some non-conference dates previously announced include Memphis in the Phil Knight Invitational Nov. 12 at the Moda Center in Portland, the Battle for Atlantis Nov. 27-29 in the Bahamas and a road game at Michigan on Dec. 14.
This will be the final season that teams will play an 18-game Pac-12 schedule. The conference announced this past May that it will transition to a 20-game league schedule beginning with the 2020-21 season.