UConn men postponing game with Xavier due to COVID issues

Published on Monday, 27 December 2021 21:05

Journal Inquirer

The UConn men's basketball team's game slated for Tuesday against Xavier in Cincinnati has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues in the Huskies' program, the Big East announced Monday evening.

The league will attempt to reschedule the game, per its revised COVID policy.

The Big East said in its statement that "announcements about future events at UConn will be made in the coming days."

UConn officials announced later in the evening that head coach Dan Hurley was among those who tested positive. Hurley was isolating at home, the school said.

Earlier on Monday the Big East announced three league games had been canceled due to COVID issues in the Georgetown and St. John’s programs.

There were unconfirmed rumors that the Huskies were also on the verge of a pause, but school officials were not forthcoming with information before their brief announcement late Monday.

Xavier coach Travis Steele, too, was apparently a bit in the dark Monday afternoon.

“Well, it’s 2 o’clock here the day before our game here versus UConn. I know there’s a lot of rumors floating around, ‘Is this game going to happen?’ ” Steele told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

“I have no idea. We have not been notified by UConn that the game is off. So I’m assuming that the game is on.”

When the season began, the Big East’s COVID policy was to penalize teams unable to play by making them forfeit the game. That was amended last week, however, and the league now says it will attempt to reschedule games if one team doesn’t have at least seven scholarship players and one coach available.

If a game can’t be rescheduled, it will be declared a no-contest.

Hurley has said the entire team is vaccinated and many have already had booster shots.

The UConn women’s basketball team had its game slated for Wednesday against Marquette in Hartford canceled due to COVID issues at Marquette.

Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Monday, 27 December 2021 21:05. Updated: Monday, 27 December 2021 21:08.