America East officials announced plans Monday for conference play in men’s and women’s basketball, while also setting up a spring season for the fall sports that were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
America East, of which the University of Maine is a member, will play an 18-game conference schedule that will consist of weekend series where a team hosts the same opponent on back-to-back days for two games.
That schedule is set to begin Dec. 19, with open weekends later in the season to accommodate any postponed games. Schools will have the option to pick up nonconference games in the first three weeks of the season.
“It’s the best news we could hope for, under the circumstances,” said Maine men’s basketball coach Richard Barron. “We have a plan. I mean, even if it’s aspirational, it’s something we can move toward. I think everyone understands not only is there work to be done under the current circumstances just to be able to make that happen, but…