A positive COVID-19 test in the Virginia basketball program bounced the Cavaliers from the ACC tournament on Friday, hours before the semifinal game against Georgia Tech was scheduled to tip off in Greensboro, N.C.
The top-seeded and 16th-ranked Cavaliers are the second ACC team to forfeit a conference tournament game this week due to COVID-19. Their status for the NCAA Tournament is in doubt due to quarantine rules.
Duke ended its season following a positive test in the program, bowing out of the quarterfinals without a chance to play No. 15 Florida State on Wednesday.
“I’m heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff at both Duke and Virginia,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement. “Our teams have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed so much throughout this season.”
A statement from Commissioner Jim Phillips: pic.twitter.com/GZrXAmy71v
— The ACC (@theACC) March 12, 2021
The pandemic has hit UVA basketball hard this season with multiple pauses in the schedule, including most of the month of December. The positive test comes one week before the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin in Indianapolis. The Cavaliers are the defending national champions, having won the title in 2019. March Madness was canceled last season.
All Tier 1 participants on every team — players, coaches and members of the traveling party — must exhibit seven negative COVID-19 tests before arriving in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia Tech, the No. 4 seed, advances to the tournament championship game Saturday to face the winner of the North Carolina-Florida State game.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)