The Mid-American Conference released a tentative 2020-2021 conference schedule for the men’s and women’s basketball season. 

Ohio’s men and women’s teams are each slated to play 20 conference games: 10 home, 10 away. Despite tradition, there will be no doubleheaders in 2020-2021. 

Second-year head coach Jeff Boals will lead the Bobcats into conference play Jan. 2 at Ball State. Last season, the Bobcats lost to the Cardinals 65-54 in Muncie, Indiana. Ohio’s MAC home opener will take place Jan. 5 against Northern Illinois. Ohio went 17-15 last season and made it to the MAC Tournament quarterfinal before the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19. 

The women’s team also hopes to return to Cleveland in 2021. Ohio returns its star backcourt duo of Cece Hooks and Erica Johnson and will be favored by many to win the conference. The Bobcats journey to a MAC title begins Dec. 30 at Northern Illinois. Ohio’s conference home opener will go down Jan. 2 against the defending MAC regular season champ, Central Michigan. 

This will be the first season the MAC tries its new 20-game basketball schedule. In past years, the conference played 18 games. This is also the first year the conference will play without divisions. Only the top eight teams will make it into the conference tournament, unlike years before when a lower seed could earn a quarterfinal spot by winning a play-in game. 

Tentative 2020-2021 Ohio Men’s Basketball MAC schedule  

Jan. 2 at Ball State

Jan. 5 vs. Northern Illinois 

Jan. 9 at Toledo 

Jan. 12 vs. Miami 

Jan. 16 vs. Kent State 

Jan. 19 at. Northern Illinois 

Jan. 23 vs. Ball State 

Jan. 26 vs. Western Michigan 

Jan. 30 at Buffalo 

Feb. 2 at Central Michigan 

Feb. 6 vs. Eastern Michigan 

Feb. 9 vs. Akron 

Feb. 13 at Western Michigan 

Feb. 16 vs. Central Michigan 

Feb. 20 at Bowling Green 

Feb. 23 at Akron 

Feb. 27 vs. Buffalo 

March 2 at Kent State 

March 5 vs. Bowling Green

March 8 at Miami 

Tentative 2020-2021 Ohio Women’s Basketball MAC schedule  

Dec. 30 at Northern Illinois 

Jan. 2 vs.  Central Michigan 

Jan. 6 at Miami 

Jan. 9 vs. Toledo 

Jan. 13 vs. Ball State

Jan. 16 at Central Michigan 

Jan. 20 vs. Buffalo 

Jan. 23 at Western Michigan 

Jan. 27 at Eastern Michigan 

Jan. 30 vs. Akron 

Feb. 3 vs. Kent State 

Feb. 6 at Bowling Green 

Feb. 10 at Ball State

Feb. 13 vs. Western Michigan 

Feb.17 vs. Northern Illinois 

Feb. 20 at Kent State 

Feb. 24 vs. Bowling Green 

Feb. 27 at Buffalo 

March 3 at Akron 

March 6 vs. Miami