College basketball games affected by COVID-19: North Carolina’s game vs. Clemson, Missouri vs. LSU postponed

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Two games involving ranked teams scheduled for Saturday were postponed Friday due to COVID-19 issues. The ACC announced that No. 19 Clemson’s game Saturday at North Carolina following a positive test in the Clemson program. The Tigers will pause all team activity which will also force the postponement of their game Tuesday at Syracuse.

The Syracuse at North Carolina game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 2 will now be played Tuesday

Also Friday, a potentially pivotal and revealing SEC showdown slated for Saturday between No. 13 Missouri and unranked-but-surging LSU has hit a snag. The game was postponed just over 24 hours ahead of game, because of positive COVID-19 results and subsequent contact tracing and quarantine efforts within Missouri’s program. A rescheduled date is yet to be determined.

As a result, Missouri is pausing all team activities indefinitely as it works to sort out its mitigation efforts. Upcoming games against Vanderbilt and Texas A&M are potentially in jeopardy, but the Tigers said Friday that decisions regarding the status of those games will be made at a later date.

LSU will now face Ole Miss on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The snag is one of many that have already risen for Saturday and the second to affect SEC teams after South Carolina vs. Ole Miss was previously postponed. Virginia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Penn State, Oregon State and Colorado are among those in the power conference structure who have also been forced into game postponements related to COVID-19 issues. 

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations Jan. 8: Villanova vs. MarquetteJan. 9: Florida State at Pittsburgh Jan. 9: Clemson at North CarolinaJan. 9: South Carolina at Ole Miss Jan. 9: Oregon State at ColoradoJan. 9: LSU at Missouri (The LSU at Ole Miss game scheduled for Feb. 17 will now be played Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET) Jan. 9: Virginia Tech at LouisvilleJan. 9: Michigan at Penn StateJan. 12: Clemson at SyracuseJan. 13: Villanova at Xavier


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 DePaulNov. 25: UMass Lowell vs. FloridaNov. 25: Stanford vs. Utah ValleyNov. 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 MissNov. 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 UCFNov. 28: Chicago State at DePaulNov. 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’sDec. 8: Tarleton State at GonzagaDec. 9: Louisville at WisconsinDec. 9: Michigan State at VirginiaDec. 9: NC State at MichiganDec. 9: Robert Morris at West VirginiaDec. 10: Southern at GonzagaDec. 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 TechDec. 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 BaylorDec. 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 SyracuseDec. 22: VCU at LSUDec. 22: UNLV at WyomingDec. 23: UCLA at OregonDec. 23: South Carolina State at South CarolinaDec. 23: UConn at DePaulDec. 29: South Carolina at KentuckyDec. 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’sJan. 2: Arizona State at WashingtonJan. 2: Memphis at TempleJan. 2: Virginia Tech at VirginiaJan. 2: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 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 WashingtonJan. 6: Penn State at Ohio StateJan. 6: Oregon State at UtahJan. 6: Temple at TulaneJan. 7: Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara

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