The college basketball season will get underway in earnest this Wednesday, Nov. 25, but it’s already faced a few snags in the process. Some teams have already been forced to postpone, cancel or reschedule matchups because of COVID-19 outbreaks, and as recently as Monday, some multi-team events are taking hits as well.
The most notable team directly affected this week is Duke, which was expected to open its season Wednesday against Gardner-Webb. Gardner-Webb, though, had a positive COVID-19 test within its program, and Duke has opted to postpone the game. The Blue Devils will open their season on Saturday against Coppin State instead.
Elsewhere, preseason No. 2 Baylor is dealing with the virus at the top of its program. Bears coach Scott Drew announced over the weekend that he tested positive, and as a result, the Bears are out of the loaded field of the Empire Classic this week at Mohegan Sun.
As developments continue to unfold, we’ll be tracking all the latest news and notes surrounding scheduling snafus below in our tracker.
Notable postponements or cancellations Nov. 25: Central Arkansas at Ole MIss Nov. 25: Gardner-Webb at Duke Nov. 25: Arizona State at Arizona Nov. 25: Creighton at Crossover Classic Nov. 25: Western Illinois at DePaul Nov. 25: UMass Lowell vs. Florida Nov. 25: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic Nov. 25: Stanford vs. Utah ValleyNov. 26: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire ClassicNov. 26: Jackson State vs. Ole Miss Nov. 26: Creighton at Crossover Classic Nov. 26: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic Nov. 27: Arkansas State at Ole Miss Nov. 27; Baylor at Empire Classic Nov. 27: Virginia vs. Florida Nov. 27: Florida State vs. Gardner-WebbNov. 27: Creighton at Crossover Classic Nov. 27: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic Nov. 28: Chicago State at DePaul Nov. 29: Gardner-Webb at Georgia Dec. 1: Alcorn State at DePaul Dec. 5: Ole Miss at Memphis All games: Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Ivy League ( Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.)