The Atlantic Sun Conference is doing its best to limit travel and COVID exposure with a new basketball schedule that will keep each school’s 16 conference games, but put weekend series between teams at only one school’s basketball arena.

This means that two ASUN teams will play each other twice in the span of one weekend. The teams will also be given a day to rest up in between the games. In the past, each team would have played one of the games at home.

One of the main goals of this setup is to reduce travel by the two teams. It’s another example of an effort to further keep teams from spreading COVID-19 by limiting the distance traveled.

ASUN men’s basketball starts on New Year’s Eve and will end on Feb. 27. Women’s basketball will begin on New Year’s Day and will come to a close on Feb. 28.

Lipscomb’s men’s team will have home series with Liberty (Dec. 31/Jan. 2), FGCU (Jan. 21/23), Kennesaw State (Feb. 4/6) and North Florida (Feb. 18/20). The away series for the men’s will be Bellarmine (Jan. 7/9), Stetson (Jan. 28/30), Jacksonville (Feb. 11/13) and North Alabama (Feb. 25/27).

The Lady Bisons will play the same schools but on different dates and at different locations. The home games for the Lady Bison are Bellarmine (Jan. 8/10), Stetson (Jan. 29/31), Jacksonville (Feb. 12/14) and North Alabama (Feb. 26/28). The away series for the Lady Bison are Liberty (Jan. 1/3), FGCU (Jan. 22/24), Kennesaw State (Feb. 5/7) and North Florida (Feb. 19/21).

The season will remain conference-only, which is how college football is typically formatted. There will also be a conference championship, but the format of that hasn’t been decided yet.

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