The Columbus Dispatch

COVID-19 issues wreak havoc with college basketball schedule


College basketball is returning from the Christmas break with a notably lighter schedule after the pandemic caused several games to get canceled or postponed.

The Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East each announced Monday they were scrapping three games scheduled to take place over the next several days.

That included No. 2 Duke's game Wednesday night at Clemson. Other ACC matchups that won't take place as scheduled Wednesday include Florida State at Boston College and Virginia Tech at North Carolina. The Georgia Tech-syracuse game scheduled for Wednesday was postponed earlier.

The Big East cited COVID-19 issues within the Georgetown and St. John's programs in canceling their game scheduled for Saturday. Marquette's game at St. John's on Wednesday and Xavier's Jan. 4 game at Georgetown also have been called off.

Big East officials said they would attempt to reschedule the games in accordance with the conference's game cancellati­on policy.

In women's basketball, No. 21 Iowa's scheduled Thursday game at Penn State was called off due to positive COVID-19 tests within Penn State's program.

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