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Savannah State prepping for a 12 game SIAC schedule

SIAC schedule begins on January 9.

Courtesy: Savannah State Athletics

Courtesy: Savannah State Athletics

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Savannah State men’s and women’s basketball will each play a 12-game Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) schedule beginning on January 9, 2021.

Following the SIAC’s directive, the Tigers will trade hosting two conference games each weekend for the months of January and February. Both teams will play each of the other teams in the SIAC East Division twice, culminating in the SIAC Basketball Championship sometime in March.

Men’s basketball will open the schedule with a single game on Jan. 9 against Benedict College in Tiger Arena. They will then play a single game against Benedict on Jan. 10 in Tiger Arena. During the same weekend, the Savannah State women’s basketball team will also play Benedict in single games on Saturday and Sunday, but in Columbia, S.C.

Savannah State men’s basketball is set to play two games against Benedict College, Clark-Atlanta, Albany State, Morehouse, Fort Valley State and provisional SIAC member Allen University. The women’s team will play two games against Benedict College, Clark-Atlanta, Albany State, Fort Valley State and four games against Allen University.

Savannah State’s Amari Heard in an SIAC game against Benedict College at Tiger Arena, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Savannah, Ga. [Photo by Stephen B. Morton courtesy Savannah State Athletics]

The SIAC has prohibited member institutions from permitting fans at any sporting competition taking place on SIAC campuses. Savannah State Athletics is currently working on a deal to stream all of the home basketball games live.

Once they return to campus, SSU student-athletes will work inside a bubble, similar to the NBA’s model. Regular COVID-19 testing will be administered by Athletics. Tiger Athletics’ full return to action plan will follow safety guidelines created by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), NCAA, SIAC, and Savannah State University COVID Task Force to ensure the safest possible model for conducting live sports.

Savannah State prepping for a 12 game SIAC schedule
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