College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Villanova postpones games one day after returning to practice

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Just one day after returning to practice following a week-long pause due to COVID-19 issues, No. 3 Villanova announced Monday that it is going back on pause and is postponing its next three games. The Wildcats (8-1, 3-0 Big East) were scheduled to play at DePaul on Tuesday and host Marquette on Friday. Those games and next Wednesday’s games at Xavier have all been postponed with no makeup dates solidified.

“We are obviously going through a tough time right now in our program,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “We had quarantined for 10 days with nine consecutive days of negative tests for all players. On the 11lth day of our quarantine we practiced together, for the first time (Sunday). We test every day before practice. So, today we were getting ready to practice and head to DePaul this afternoon, and we learned we had two positive tests from players. That immediately shuts us down and puts us into a 10-day quarantine at least. That’s what we know exactly at this time. We’re in that mode of trying to figure that out.”

The issues at Villanova are just the latest in a college basketball season that has been filled with stops and starts due to issues with COVID-19 that are expected to continue over the coming months. The NCAA announced Monday that the entire 2021 NCAA Tournament will be held in the Indianapolis area.

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations

Jan. 5: Villanova at DePaulJan. 6: Temple at TulaneJan. 8: Villanova vs. MarquetteJan. 13: Villanova at Xavier

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.”)
Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale

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 SyracuseJan. 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 UNLV

Published: 2021-01-04 18:58:26

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