LEBANON, Tenn. -Mid-South Conference officials release the 2020-21 men's and women's basketball schedules featuring a 22-game conference schedule beginning on November 19, 2021, with the final game of the regular season slated for February 20, 2021.
The conference will continue with the typical Thursday and Saturday schedule with each team playing two conference games on Monday night. All conference dates are doubleheaders.
With the addition of Martin Methodist, Freed-Hardeman, and Bethel University, the conference will have two groupings. Cumberland's group features Bethel, Freed-Hardeman, Martin Methodist, Life University, and Lindsey Wilson. The top two teams from each grouping will automatically qualify for the quarterfinals in the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
The three-seed will play the six-seed and the four-seed will play the five-seed, higher seed hosts, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. The women's opening round game will be on Monday, February 22, and the men's opening round game will be played on Tuesday, February 23.
The MSC quarterfinals begin on Friday, February 26, 2021, for the women and Saturday, February 27 for the men. The semifinals will be on Sunday, February 28 and the Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship will be on Monday, March 1.
Cumberland opens up their conference schedule on the road on Nov. 19 vs newcomer Bethel University before taking on Freed-Hardeman University on Nov. 21. The Phoenix will host Shawnee State (Dec. 3) and Thomas More (Dec. 5) before the winter break.
Cumberland will return from the break and travel to Campbellsville on New Years' Eve. The Phoenix will head north to play Georgetown on Saturday, January 2, 2021. The teams will host Lindsey Wilson on Monday, Jan. 4, and Life on Jan. 7.
The Phoenix will finish off the first round of the schedule with an away game at Martin Methodist (Jan. 9) and host the University of the Cumberlands (Jan. 14) and Pikeville (Jan. 16).
The teams will go on the road for three straight games starting with Thomas More (Jan. 21) and then heading to Portsmouth, Ohio for a game with Shawnee State (Jan. 23). Cumberland will return to Tennessee to play Freed-Hardeman (Jan. 28) in Henderson and host Bethel on Jan. 30.
Cumberland will stay at home to host Georgetown (Feb. 4) and Campbellsville (Feb. 6) before another three-game road set against Lindsey Wilson (Feb. 8), Pikeville (Feb. 11), and the Cumberlands (Feb. 13). The Phoenix will have two final games at home versus Martin Methodist (Feb. 18) and Life University (Feb. 20) before starting postseason play.