ACC shifting men’s tourney to Greensboro
Tech, Brooks agree to four-year extension
The Atlantic Coast Conference is relocating its men’s basketball tournament in March to Greensboro, N.C.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Washington, but Tuesday’s announcement came because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The ACC said the nation’s capital will host the tournament in 2024.
Last season’s ACC tournament was canceled after two days in Greensboro because of the pandemic.
The league had previously announced the 2022 event would return to Brooklyn, N.Y., and Greensboro would also host in 2023 after the March cancellation.
The 2021 ACC women’s tournament will also be held at Greensboro Coliseum, as previously announced. The event is scheduled from March 3-7.
Tech rewards Brooks
Virginia Tech said Tuesday that women’s coach Kenny Brooks has agreed to a four-year contract extension.
The new deal extends his contract through the 2025-26 season.
Brooks had signed a six-year contract when he was hired away from James Madison in March 2016. That contract was due to expire after the 2021-22 season.
The Hokies went 21-9 overall and had a school-record 11 ACC wins last season, when they finished with a winning ACC record for the first time (11-7). Tech tied for fourth place — the program’s best ACC finish.
Brooks is 86-49 at Tech, which opens the season Wednesday against Richmond.
Auriemma: No UConn player, coach positive
STORRS, Conn.— UConn coach GenoAuriemma said he’s been trying to convince his team that despite having the start of its season postponed for an additional two weeks because of a positive coronavirus test, everything is going to be just fine.
“I’m sure there was a guy on the Titanic who was in charge of saying that,” Auriemma said Tuesday. “I just hope I’m not that guy.”
The Huskies players are in quarantine for 14 days after someone in the program— not a player or a coach, according to Auriemma— tested positive on Monday for the coronavirus. The coaches are not isolating themselves because they did not have contact with the infected person, Auriemma said.
The positive test led to the third-ranked Huskies canceling their first four games and the subsequent cancellation of the entire Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge, the event that was to kick off their season on Saturday.
That tournament was to feature UConn and No. 6 Mississippi State.
Baylor: The second-ranked Bears pushed back the start of their men’s season further with the cancellation of Sunday’s game at Seton Hall.
Baylor said Tuesday that it was an agreement between the schools to cancel the Big 12-Big East Battle matchup.
The Bears had originally been scheduled to start the season Wednesday night against No. 18 Arizona State, and then play No. 3 Villanova or Boston College on Thanksgiving Day in Connecticut.
Baylor didn’t make that trip after coach ScottDrewrevealed he had tested positive for COVID-19, though he was asymptomatic and no one else on the team tested positive last Friday or Sunday.
Drew’s was the only positive test on the team in the past 12 weeks.
Tennessee: The No. 12 Volunteers extended their pause of men’s team activities through Dec. 4 after receiving the results of COVID-19 testing.
The Vols paused activities Monday and ran more tests after announcing coach Rick Barnes, 66, had tested positive. Tennessee later canceled its Volunteer Classic that had been scheduled to start Wednesday.
Now Tennessee has extended its pause on activities, and the Vols will not play No. 1 Gonzaga in Indianapolis next week as part of the Jimmy V Classic. School officials also said Tennessee will not play at Notre Dame on Dec. 4.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes’ women’s game against Akron scheduled for Wednesday evening in Columbus was canceled because Akron is affected by COVID-19.
Wisconsin: Wisconsin said its women’s season opener Wednesday with Miami of Ohio has been postponed because of COVID-19 protocols regarding Miami’s program.
Wisconsin officials said the two schools are seeking a date to reschedule the game.