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UConn men’s basketball postpones Dec. 17 matchup against Providence

The Huskies’ return to the Big East will once again have to wait a little longer after a recommendations from the CT Department of Public Health.

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UConn men’s basketball announced that the Huskies’ Dec. 17 game at Providence has been postponed. It’s the third-straight game that has postponed after a player tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Dec. 6. CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander first reporter the news.

“The UConn men’s basketball team’s contest at Providence, originally scheduled for Thursday, December 17, has been postponed following instruction from the Connecticut Department of Public Health,” the school said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, the CT DPH advised UConn against competing in an intercollegiate contest before completing its recommended modified quarantine of 14 days.”

In the same statement, UConn also announced that no other players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19, a very encouraging sign. As long as this trend continues, the Huskies will be able to return to practice on Monday, Dec. 14 with COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place.

“Daily testing has revealed no additional COVID-19 positive tests within the men’s basketball program since a student-athlete tested positive on Sunday, December 6,” the statement said. “Should team personnel continue to test negative for COVID-19, the team will be allowed to return to practice on Monday, December 14, with additional risk-mitigation strategies in place until its 14-day quarantine is complete. Any additional schedule adjustments will be announced by the BIG EAST Conference at a later date.”

As of now, the Huskies are scheduled to take on Creighton at Gampel Pavilion on Sunday, Dec. 20. If UConn returns to practice on Dec. 14, that gives them six days to practice before taking on the Bluejays.