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Pac-12 makes it official: Conference hoops schedule is 20 games for men, 22 for women
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Pac-12 makes it official: Conference hoops schedule is 20 games for men, 22 for women

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A Zona Zoo fan holds up a big head of Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley in the second half during a game at McKale Center on Thursday January 12, 2017. Arizona won 91-75.

As expected, the Pac-12 confirmed Thursday that men's basketball teams will stick with their original plan of expanding to 20 conference games this season while the women will schedule 22.

Pac-12 men's teams will likely play two extra conference games before Christmas, with Arizona to face Colorado and Stanford, and an 18-game schedule after the holiday break. That leaves seven games for nonconference play under the NCAA's 27-game limit for this season, and Arizona is likely to play NAU, Grambling, Sam Houston State, Bakersfield, Cal Baptist, Montana, and Northern Colorado.

However, the Pac-12 said it is still working on exact schedule models. The conference is expected to consider allowing for make-up games by playing rivalry games on the same dates, among other possibilities.

Meanwhile, Arizona notified its basketball season-ticket holders Thursday that they have until Oct. 29 to opt-out for 2020-21.

Those who opt out can donate their 2020-21 payments, apply their full payment toward 2021-22 tickets or leave UA with at least a 25% percent deposit for 2021-22 and receive a refund for the rest. They can also receive a full refund, but their seats would not be saved for 2021-22.

The Pac-12 has said no fans will be allowed on campus sites until at least January, and if they are allowed, fans will not likely receive their normal seats for 2020-21.

UA associate AD Chris Celona said the school is preparing for multiple scenarios, all with socially distant seating and COVID-19 protocols, if fans are allowed at some point.

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