College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Big 12 makes scheduling changes in advance of league tournament

Across the country leagues are trying to determine how to best rearrange their schedules as makeup dates dwindle with many conference games dying on the vine. The Big 12 announced many tweaks Tuesday in regard to its league schedule from March 1-7. The most notable cancellation was Thursday’s scheduled top-10 matchup between No. 10 West Virginia and No. 2 Baylor. That game has been canceled, though a previously postponed game between the Mountaineers and the Bears — to be played in Morgantown — has been slotted for next Tuesday.    

“To avoid scheduling a team to play three games in successive weeks, the West Virginia at Baylor game scheduled for Thursday, February 25 has been canceled,” the league’s statement said. The new schedule will have undefeated Baylor playing five games between Feb. 23-March 7. Here is the allotment of new conference games that the Big 12 assigned. 

Monday, March 1
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State 

Tuesday, March 2
Baylor at West Virginia
TCU at Texas Tech 
Texas at Iowa State
 
Thursday, March 4
Iowa State at Texas Tech
Oklahoma State at Baylor
TCU at West Virginia 
Texas at Oklahoma
 
Saturday, March 6
Oklahoma State at West Virginia 
Iowa State at Kansas State (Big 12 Now on ESPN+)
 
Sunday, March 7
Texas Tech at Baylor (ESPN), 3:00 p.m. CT
Texas at TCU (Big 12 Now on ESPN+)

Elsewhere: Kentucky matched its longest winning streak of the season on Saturday with its third victory in a row and first triumph of the year over a ranked opponent when it won at Tennessee. But the Wildcats may have to wait longer than expected to try and extend their winning streak to four after the SEC announced that Tuesday’s game between Kentucky and Texas A&M has been postponed.

The postponement is due to “a combination of positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Texas A&M basketball program,” according to the league’s announcement. It’s the seventh straight Texas A&M game to be postponed as the Aggies last played on Jan. 30.

The Wildcats could still wind up with a mid-week game if another league opponent becomes available. Or Kentucky could resort to a strategy recently employed by North Carolina that entails soliciting nonconference opponents via social media. 

Getting a game in somehow before next Saturday’s home contest with Florida would likely benefit a Kentucky squad that appears to be maturing following a historically bad start. The Wildcats will almost assuredly need to win the SEC Championship to make the NCAA Tournament and could use more time on the floor to continue tuning their young roster.

Texas A&M is far from the only team dealing with issues related to COVID-19. Even as the postseason fast approaches, pauses, postponements and cancellations continue to happen on a near-daily basis. So below we’re tracking all the notable such transactions in our tracker.

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations

Feb. 21: Clemson at Pittsburgh
Feb. 21: Wichita State at East Carolina
Feb. 22: Oregon State at Utah
Feb. 23: Texas A&M at KentuckyFeb. 23: North Carolina at Boston College
Feb. 23: UCF at SMU
Feb. 25: West Virginia at Baylor

TEAMS NOT COMPETING IN 2020-21

Bethune-CookmanMaryland-Eastern ShoreChicago State (suspended season after 0-9 start, citing decision to “focus on the health, safety, and academic pursuits of the Men’s Basketball student-athletes.”)
Howard (suspended season on Feb. 9)Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and YaleMaine (opted out on Feb. 13)

OTHER POSTPONEMENTS

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Previous notable postponements or cancellations

Nov. 25: UTSA at Oklahoma Nov. 25: Virginia vs. Maine (Uncasville, Connecticut)Nov. 25: Central Arkansas at Ole MissNov. 25: Gardner-Webb at Duke — rescheduled for Dec. 19, then canceledNov. 25: Northern Arizona at ArizonaNov. 25-27: Creighton at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)Nov. 25-27: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls)Nov. 25: Western Illinois at DePaul
Nov. 25: UMass Lowell vs. FloridaNov. 25: Stanford vs. Utah Valley
Nov. 25: Drexel at Penn StateNov. 26: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire Classic (Uncasville)Nov. 26: Jackson State vs. Ole MissNov. 27: Arkansas State at Ole Miss
Nov. 27; Baylor at Empire Classic (Uncasville)Nov. 27: Virginia vs. Florida (Uncasville)Nov. 27: Florida State vs. Gardner-Webb — rescheduled for Dec. 21Nov. 28 Oklahoma at UCF
Nov. 28: Chicago State at DePaul
Nov. 29: Baylor at Seton HallNov. 29: Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaNov. 30: Long Beach State at UCLANov. 30: Belmont Abbey at CharlotteDec. 1: Towson at Maryland 
Dec. 1: Alcorn State at DePaulDec. 1: Vanderbilt vs. UConn (Uncasville)Dec. 2: Colorado at Arizona — rescheduled for Dec. 28Dec. 3: Vanderbilt at Legends Classic (Uncasville)Dec. 4: UNC Greensboro at LouisvilleDec. 4: Florida A&M at South FloridaDec. 5: Gonzaga vs. Baylor (Indianapolis)Dec. 5: NC State vs. UConn: (Uncasville)Dec. 5: Alabama A&M at Ohio StateDec. 5: James Madison at MarylandDec. 5: UT-Martin at IllinoisDec. 5: Purdue-Fort Wayne at Notre DameDec. 5: Ole Miss at Memphis       Dec. 6: Florida A&M at NebraskaDec. 6: DePaul at Iowa StateDec. 8: Fordham at Saint John’s
Dec. 8: Tarleton State at GonzagaDec. 9: Louisville at Wisconsin
Dec. 9: Michigan State at VirginiaDec. 9: NC State at MichiganDec. 9: Robert Morris at West VirginiaDec. 10: Southern at Gonzaga
Dec. 11: Saint John’s at UConnDec. 12: Xavier at Providence   
Dec. 12: Northern Arizona at GonzagaDec. 12: Charleston Southern at DukeDec. 12: Saint John’s at Texas Tech
Dec. 13: Stanford at USC 
Dec. 13: SIU-Edwardsville at NorthwesternDec. 13: Texas at BaylorDec. 13: William & Mary at Virginia Dec. 13: UConn at GeorgetownDec. 15: Tarleton State at Baylor
Dec. 15: Detroit at KentuckyDec. 15: Seton Hall at XavierDec. 16: NC State at LouisvilleDec. 16: Northern Iowa at WisconsinDec. 18: Xavier at DePaul Dec. 17: DePaul at Providence Dec. 19: Virginia vs. Villanova (at Madison Square Garden)Dec. 19: Gardner-Webb at DukeDec. 19: Houston at AlabamaDec. 19: South Carolina at ClemsonDec. 21: San Diego at ArizonaDec. 22: Notre Dame at Syracuse
Dec. 22: VCU at LSUDec. 22: UNLV at WyomingDec. 23: UCLA at Oregon
Dec. 23: South Carolina State at South CarolinaDec. 23: UConn at DePaulDec. 29: South Carolina at Kentucky
Dec. 30: Syracuse at Wake ForestDec. 31: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 2: North Carolina at Syracuse (rescheduled for Jan. 12)Jan. 2: DePaul at St. John’s
Jan. 2: Arizona State at WashingtonJan. 2: Memphis at Temple
Jan. 2: Virginia Tech at Virginia
Jan. 2: San Diego State at UNLV
Jan. 3: Wisconsin at Penn StateJan. 4: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 5: Villanova at DePaulJan. 5: Memphis at UCFJan. 5: Nebraska at PurdueJan. 6: Georgia Tech at Notre DameJan. 6: UMass at George Washington
Jan. 6: Penn State at Ohio StateJan. 6: Oregon State at UtahJan. 6: Temple at TulaneJan. 7: Gonzaga vs. Santa ClaraJan. 8: Villanova vs. MarquetteJan. 9: Florida State at Pittsburgh 
Jan. 9: Clemson at North Carolina
Jan. 9: South Carolina at Ole Miss Jan. 9: Oregon State at ColoradoJan. 9: LSU at Missouri  Jan. 9: Virginia Tech at LouisvilleJan. 9: Michigan at Penn StateJan. 12: Clemson at SyracuseJan. 12: West Virginia at Baylor
Jan. 12: Vanderbilt at MissouriJan. 12: Tennessee at VanderbiltJan. 12: Tennessee at South CarolinaJan. 13: Illinois at NebraskaJan. 13: DePaul at Georgetown
Jan. 13: Iowa State at Kansas StateJan. 13: Villanova at XavierJan. 14: Michigan State at Iowa
Jan. 14: SMU at MemphisJan. 14: Arizona State at Oregon
Jan. 14: Houston at South FloridaJan. 16: Iowa State at KansasJan. 16: Oklahoma at Oklahoma StateJan. 16: Georgia Tech at NC StateJan. 16: Georgetown at ProvidenceJan. 16: Arizona at Oregon
Jan. 16: TCU at West VirginiaJan. 16: Xavier at Seton HallJan. 17: Wichita State at SMU
Jan. 17: Indiana at Michigan StateJan. 18: Notre Dame at HowardJan. 19: Oklahoma State at West VirginiaJan. 19: UCLA at OregonJan. 20: Texas at Iowa StateJan. 20: Texas Tech at TCUJan. 20: NC State at VirginiaJan. 20: Boston College at Virginia TechJan. 20: Nebraska at MinnesotaJan. 20: Xavier at UConnJan. 20: Georgetown at MarquetteJan. 20: East Carolina at South FloridaJan. 20: Texas A&M at VanderbiltJan. 20: SMU at TulaneJan. 20: Cincinnati at TempleJan. 21: USC at StanfordJan. 22: Seton Hall at ButlerJan. 23: Texas at TCUJan. 23: Iowa State at Texas TechJan. 23: Illinois at Michigan StateJan. 23: Tulane at TulsaJan. 23: Pittsburgh at Boston CollegeJan. 24: Nebraska at IowaJan. 24: South Florida at Wichita StateJan. 26: Georgetown at XavierJan. 27: Wichita State at CincinnatiJan. 27: Temple at South FloridaJan. 27: Boston College at ClemsonJan. 28: Villanova at UConn
Jan. 28: Oregon at UCLAJan. 30: San Francisco at BYUJan. 30: St. Bonaventure at Davidson
Jan. 30: Indiana at MichiganJan. 30: Boston College at LouisvilleJan. 30: Cincinnati at South FloridaJan. 30: Oregon at USCJan. 31: UConn at St. John’sFeb. 1: Oregon at UCLAFeb. 2: Kentucky at Missouri (moved to Feb. 3)
Feb. 2: Florida State at Boston CollegeFeb. 3: Louisville at SyracuseFeb. 3: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M Feb. 3: Xavier at DePaul
Feb. 3: Michigan at NorthwesternFeb. 4: Loyola Marymount at GonzagaFeb. 6: TCU at BaylorFeb. 6: Florida at LSU
Feb. 6: Florida State at Pittsburgh
Feb. 6: Santa Clara at GonzagaFeb. 6: Michigan State at MichiganFeb. 7: Xavier at VillanovaFeb. 9: Florida State at Virginia TechFeb. 10: Georgia at Texas A&MFeb. 10: Pittsburgh at LouisvilleFeb. 10: Baylor at OklahomaFeb. 11: Gonzaga at Santa ClaraFeb. 11: Illinois at MichiganFeb. 11: DePaul at XavierFeb. 11: Pittsburgh at LouisvilleFeb. 11: Saint Mary’s at BYUFeb. 11: Cincinnati at MemphisFeb. 13: Texas A&M at FloridaFeb. 13: Texas Tech at BaylorFeb. 13: Louisville at Virginia TechFeb. 14: Memphis at HoustonFeb. 15: Baylor at West Virginia
Feb. 16: Virginia Tech at North CarolinaFeb. 16: South Carolina at TennesseeFeb. 16: TCU at Texas TechFeb. 17: Clemson at Notre DameFeb. 17: Syracuse at Louisville
Feb. 17: East Carolina at HoustonFeb. 17: Boston College at Georgia Tech
Feb. 18: West Virginia at BaylorFeb. 18: Memphis at Wichita State
Feb. 18: Texas at Iowa State
Feb. 18: Alabama at Texas (weather)Feb. 18: LSU at Ole Miss (weather)Feb. 18: Mississippi State at Auburn (weather)Feb. 18: Texas at Oklahoma (weather)Feb. 18: Texas Tech at TCU (weather)Feb. 20: South Florida at SMUFeb. 20: Oklahoma State at BaylorFeb. 20: Arkansas at Texas A&MFeb. 20: Virginia Tech at Florida State
Feb. 23: West Virginia at Baylor

Published: 2021-02-23 22:15:39

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