The SEC opener for both South Carolina and Kentucky, originally scheduled for Dec. 29 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, has been postponed. The schools announced the decision on Wednesday as a result of a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Gamecocks program. A date to make up the game has not yet been set.
It’s the fifth game South Carolina has been forced to postpone or cancel because of issues with COVID-19 that cropped up just three games into the season. It last played on Dec. 5, falling 77-67 to Houston to drop to 1-2 on the season.
Elsewhere in scheduling news: Because last Saturday night’s previously scheduled big matchup between Villanova and Virginia could not be played, a pretty good makeup game has been scheduled in its place — No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Virginia will meet Saturday on CBS.
With Baylor incapable of making up its game vs. Gonzaga and Villanova unable to get in its game vs. Virginia, the Bulldogs and Cavaliers had an opening and made the best of it, providing college hoops with its best game for the day-after-Christmas slate. Gonzaga and Virginia are scheduled to tip at 4 p.m. ET at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
One more of note: LSU was scheduled to host VCU on Tuesday night, but the game will not be played as scheduled “in accordance with SEC and NCAA COVID-19 protocols,” LSU said in a release.
Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations
Dec. 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: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 4: UNLV at San Diego State
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 Wyoming
Published: 2020-12-23 21:43:32
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