Columbus State 2020-21 Basketball Schedule Released; Meet the Cougars
SOURCE: COLUMBUS STATE
The Columbus State University men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a 16-game Peach Belt Conference schedule beginning on Jan. 6, 2021, after the PBC Board of Directors formally approved the season calendar.
On opening night, the Cougars and Lady Cougars will begin their campaigns against longtime rival Augusta University inside the Frank G. Lumpkin Center.
Beginning that night, Columbus State will be in action every Wednesday and Saturday until the season finale on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The Lumpkin Center will be busy over the first month of the year as Columbus State will host four of its first five games on its home court. In addition to the Jaguars coming to Columbus, Clayton State University (Jan. 13), Flagler College (Jan. 16), the University of North Georgia (Jan. 20) and Francis Marion University (Jan. 30) will make the trip to the Fountain City in the month of January.
CSU’s first road game will be on Jan. 9 in Pembroke, N.C. against UNC Pembroke while also having an early-season road showdown with USC Aiken (Jan. 23) and Georgia Southwestern State University (Jan. 27).
Four of Columbus State’s first five games in February are on the road with the Cougars and Lady Cougars starting the month with a trip to Young Harris College on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The Cougars will also go to Lander University (Feb. 6), Clayton State (Feb. 13) and North Georgia (Feb. 17).
Home games throughout February include Georgia College (Feb. 10), Young Harris (Feb. 20), and the home finale against Georgia Southwestern on February 24.
Columbus State will wrap up the 2020-21 season in Milledgeville, Ga. with Georgia College on Saturday, Feb. 27.
“This schedule allows our student-athletes to have as much of a full-season experience as possible,” said PBC commissioner David Brunk. “It was also designed so that, if necessary, teams can have room to maneuver should they have to and hopefully minimize the number of games that could be lost for COVID-19 reasons.”
The PBC is putting the final touches on its return-to-play protocols which establish testing requirements, facility and game operations and other concerns related to basketball, all keeping with the latest information from the NCAA Sport Science Institute, the CDC and all state and local health guidelines.
“We are committed to creating as safe an environment as we possibly can for our student-athletes,” said Brunk. “The amount of information coming at us can be overwhelming, but our athletic director’s council and board of directors have been working extremely hard to make sure that everything we do for the upcoming season keeps health and safety our top priority.”