UConn men’s game at Xavier Tuesday night canceled due to Huskies’ COVID issues – CT Insider

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UConn coach Dan Hurley reacts in the second half of a game against Providence earlier this season.
As COVID-19 continues to cause havoc in the world of sports, the UConn men’s basketball team became the latest team impacted.
The Huskies’ slated game at No. 23 Xavier on Tuesday night has been canceled due to COVID issues within the UConn program, the Big East announced early Monday evening. It is not known yet whether the game will be rescheduled, or whether UConn will host Butler on New Year’s Day at XL Center in Hartford, though the latter almost certainly won’t happen.
Head coach Dan Hurley is among those who tested positive. Hurley, who is fully vaccinated and received his booster shot, is at home in isolation. Like the multiple UConn players who tested positive, Hurley has been dealing with relatively minor symptoms, though was still feeling the effects on Monday evening.
The Big East’s recently amended policy states that if a team can’t field seven scholarship players and at least one countable coach, the game is canceled and will be attempted to be rescheduled at some point. Originally, the league’s policy held that teams unable to field a roster would have to forfeit, but that was changed late last week.
If the game can’t be rescheduled, it would be designated as a no-contest. There had previously been four forfeitures in league play this season, but all of those will now be either rescheduled or simply go down as no-contests.
UConn’s entire roster and coaching staff is double-vaccinated, and many are boosted. The Huskies hadn’t been testing asymptomatic players, though that changed when players returned from Christmas break for practice on Saturday exhibiting symptoms. Asymptomatic players were ultimately tested on Sunday.
UConn announced early Monday evening that any announcements about future events at UConn will be made in the coming days. Ironically, just minutes before the announcement, several reports stated that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will cut recommended isolation time for COVID-positive people from 10 days to five. That could affect scheduling in all sports, though it’s a virtual certainty the NCAA wouldn’t adopt the policy in time for UConn to play on Saturday — or next week against Xavier, even though the teams both have Jan. 4 off.
While UConn can’t release the number of players who tested positive, the team was advised not to make the trip to Cincinnati.
Confusion ran wild on Sunday and Monday after the @UConnReport Twitter accounted posted on Sunday morning that “multiple UConn basketball players and a member of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID.” Neither UConn nor the Big East ever officially confirmed the report.
Xavier coach Travis Steele was confused early Monday afternoon at his pregame media availability.
“I know there’s a lot of rumors floating around, ‘Is this game going to happen?’ I have no idea,” Steele told reporters in Cincinnati. “We have not been notified by UConn that the game is off. So I’m assuming that the game is on.”
As of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Xavier officials were still working on items like game notes, etc., awaiting word from UConn and/or the Big East as to whether the Huskies would be making the trip. Typically, UConn practices at home the day before a road game, then flies out around 5 or 6 p.m., sometimes even later, to its destination.
UConn (1-1 Big East) is coming off a 78-70 win at Marquette on Dec. 21. About a half-hour prior to that game, Marquette announced that starting guard Darryl Morsell had entered COVID-19 protocol, and he didn’t play in the game. The UConn women’s team had its scheduled game in Hartford on Wednesday against Marquette canceled due to COVID issues within the Marquette program.
For the second week in a row, the UConn men were unranked in the AP Top 25 poll released on Monday. Xavier is 11-2 on the season.
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