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GCU basketball announces 2020-21 schedule, to open in November

The Grand Canyon Lopes band performs during the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament against the New Mexico State Aggies at the Orleans Arena on March 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Joe Buglewicz/Getty Images)

Grand Canyon University basketball announced Wednesday its 2020-21 fall schedule, which is subject to change because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Already, the Western Athletic Conference — GCU’s conference — postponed fall sports. Different sports were affected in different ways, and basketball specifically was postponed through the end of October.

Therefore, the first game on GCU’s schedule announced Wednesday is on Nov. 10 against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.).

A game on Dec. 13 against ASU was canceled because of the Pac-12’s decision to delay fall sports competitions to next year.

This season will be the first under new head coach Bryce Drew, who took over the vacancy left by the dismissal of the previous head coach, Dan Majerle.

“We have some really great home games from a fan perspective,” Drew said in a statement. “Those are really great opportunities for our home fans and our team.

“There will be great challenges. We have returners who have some experience. Hopefully, they’ll set a great tone for our younger guys as we get closer to that tough nonconference competition.”

Here’s what GCU released on Wednesday as their schedule, with the caveat that further decisions about the schedule may need to be made later.

Nov. 10 – vs. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.)

Nov. 13 – vs. Grambling State

Nov. 18 – vs. San Diego State

Nov. 20 – vs. Hampton

Nov. 23 – at San Diego

Nov. 26 – Santa Clara, Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Nov. 27 – DePaul OR New Mexico, Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Dec. 1 – vs. Mississippi Valley State

Dec. 5 – vs. Prairie View A&M

Dec. 11 – at Nevada

Dec. 15 – vs. SAGU American Indian College

Dec. 19 – San Francisco, Jerry Colangelo Classic at Talking Stick Resort Arena

Dec. 22 – vs. McNeese State

Dec. 29 – vs. Denver

Jan. 2 – vs. Chicago State

Jan. 7 – at Dixie State

Jan. 9 – at Utah Valley

Jan. 16 – vs. New Mexico State

Jan. 21 – vs. UT Rio Grande Valley

Jan. 23 – vs. Tarleton State

Jan. 28 – at Seattle

Jan. 30 – at California Baptist

Feb. 4 – vs. Utah Valley

Feb. 6 – vs. Dixie State

Feb. 13 – at New Mexico State

Feb. 18 – at Tarleton State

Feb. 20 – at UT Rio Grande Valley

Feb. 25 – vs. California Baptist

Feb. 27 – vs. Seattle

March 4 – at Chicago State