RICHMOND, Va., April 26, 2011 - The Colonial Athletic Association on Tuesday unveiled the scheduling rotation for men's basketball for the next three seasons as part of the league's unbalanced format.
The new format features 18 conference games and is similar to the recently completed six-year schedule that was adopted prior to the 2005-06 campaign. Each team was assigned five "permanent partners" that they play home and away during all three seasons (10 games). The remaining six "non-permanent partners" rotate through a three-year cycle in which teams face two opponents at home, two opponents away and two opponents home and away (8 games) each year.
James Madison's (21-12, 10-8 CAA in 2010-11) men's permanent partners for the next three seasons with home and away games in each year will be George Mason (27-7, 16-2), Hofstra (21-12, 14-4), Old Dominion (27-7, 14-4), Towson (4-26, 0-18) and William and Mary (10-22, 4-14).
For the 2011-12 season, the Dukes will also play Drexel (21-10, 11-7) and Georgia State (12-19, 6-12) both home and away while hosting Delaware (14-17, 8-10) and Northeastern (11-20, 6-12) and traveling to UNC Wilmington (13-18, 7-11) and VCU (28-12, 12-6).
In 2012-13, JMU faces Delaware and UNCW home and away, Drexel and VCU at home as well as GSU and Northeastern away.
In the final year of the rotation, Northeastern and VCU will be both home and away, GSU and UNCW at home along with Delaware and Drexel on the road.
Each school submitted a list of five preferred permanent partners in rank order, with only the top choice guaranteed. The CAA then utilized the services of Bortz Scheduling Group of Denver, Colo. to assign the other partners. Each school received a minimum of three of its five preferred permanent partner choices in the final schedule.
The CAA will release its men's and women's schedules for the 2011-12 season in early September.