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COVID-19 Affects Several SEC Basketball Programs to Start Season

COVID-19 Affects Several SEC Basketball Programs to Start Season

The college basketball is finally here after worries it might be affected by increasing cases of COVID-19. Most of the SEC will start their season this week but a couple programs have already had cancelations and postponements.

Ole Miss was the first SEC team who’s season was affected by the pandemic. Head coach Kermit Davis tested positive over a week ago on November 17. Earlier this week there were more positives among coaches and players.

The Rebels have since paused team activities until December 7. The Justin Reed Ole Miss Classic which was supposed to happen this week has been cancelled. This included three games in three days against Central Arkansas, Jackson State and Arkansas State. The December 5 game against Memphis was also cancelled.

Multiple positive tests including head coach Rick Barnes resulted in more cancellations for Tennessee. The Vols cancelled games against Charlotte and VCU as well as dropped out of the Jimmy V Classic. The Volunteers were scheduled to play No.1 Gonzaga.

The Detroit Titans had to cancel their appearance in the Bluegrass Classic. The games would have included Detroit guard Brad Calipari playing against his dad’s Kentucky Wildcats. Both teams are hopeful they will be able to reschedule.

All other games are currently moving forward as scheduled. The SEC, like most of college basketball, has a limited out of conference schedule this year to accommodate COVID-19 concerns.

 

 

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