With the program already enduring its second COVID-related shutdown of the season and Friday’s matchup with St. John’s postponed as a result, it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Sunday’s UConn men’s basketball game against Georgetown was in jeopardy. On Wednesday morning, the Big East announced the game would be rescheduled and inserted the Red Storm as a replacement opponent for the Hoyas.
UConn is currently in the midst of determining exactly how long the program will need to be on pause. Current protocols dictate that players and staff can return to practice after seven days of continuous negative tests, unless there is an additional positive, in which case that is extended to ten days. Regardless of the outcome, so much turmoil and change to the schedule this early in the season does not bode well for the remainder of the campaign.
Since the 2020-21 season began on Nov. 25, the Huskies (3-0) have already had to cancel or postpone four games, including two marquee non-conference matchups against Vanderbilt in the Legends Classic and NC State this past weekend. Head coach Dan Hurley expressed disappointment in the way this uncertainty is affecting his team, while maintaining perspective for the problems created by the ongoing pandemic.
“It’s hard to complain about the frustration of a college basketball season, with respect to the real world problems that COVID has created,” he shared. “I say it with great respect to that, it’s challenging. To keep a team engaged and prepared to play games and to have a seat, it doesn’t feel like much of a season, right now, at this particular moment.”
UConn’s next scheduled game isn’t until Dec. 17 at Providence (7 PM on FS1). That game would begin the tail-end of the Huskies’ 2020 slate, with a home contest against Creighton on Dec. 20 (12 PM on FS1) and a visit to DePaul on Dec. 23 (9 PM on FS1) closing out the pre-holiday programming for UConn men’s hoops.
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