Brian Dutcher, center, while coaching the Aztecs when they remained unbeaten last season. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

San Diego State’s basketball program released a revamped schedule this week, including a non-conference, neutral site matchup against Saint Mary’s College.

The Mountain West released its original conference schedule last month, but increased concerns about the coronavirus led officials to reduce travel to promote the health and safety of athletes, coaches and staff.

In the 20-game schedule, teams face each other in a two-game series in the same week, with a one-day break between contests. Each university has five home and five road series, reducing the regular travel schedule by four weeks.

After tipping off the season in Viejas Arena against UCLA Nov. 25, followed by UC Irvine two days later, SDSU jumps into conference play.

That begins for the Aztecs with a pair of home contests against Colorado State on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5.

The 2021 Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship takes place in Las Vegas over three days beginning March 10.

San Diego State could add two additional non-conference matchups to reach the NCAA maximum of 27 regular-season games for 2020-21. Information regarding any additional games will be announced as they are scheduled.

The Aztecs finished atop the preseason poll of Mountain West teams. The team won the regular-season Mountain West title last year and was expected to make a perform well at the NCAA Tournament, but the pandemic forced officials to cancel the event.

2020-21 SDSU Men’s Basketball Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 25UCLA
Friday, Nov. 27UC Irvine
Thursday, Dec. 3Colorado State
Saturday, Dec. 5Colorado State
Thursday, Dec. 10at Arizona State
Friday, Dec. 18BYU
Tuesday, Dec. 22vs. Saint Mary’s
Thursday, Dec. 31at UNLV
Saturday, Jan. 2at UNLV
Thursday, Jan. 7Nevada
Saturday, Jan. 9Nevada
Thursday, Jan. 14at Utah State
Saturday, Jan. 16at Utah State
Friday, Jan. 22at Air Force
Sunday, Jan. 24at Air Force
Thursday, Jan. 28Wyoming
Saturday, Jan. 3Wyoming
Wednesday, Feb. 3at New Mexico
Friday, Feb. 5at New Mexico
Monday, Feb. 8San Jose State
Wednesday, Feb. 10San Jose State
Thursday, Feb. 18at Fresno State
Saturday, Feb. 20at Fresno State
Thursday, Feb. 25Boise State
Saturday, Feb. 27Boise State
March 10-13Mountain West Championship

– Staff reports

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