Hours before tipoff, Saturday’s matchup in Indianapolis between the No. 1 Baylor Bears and No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball teams was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests.
The two schools released a joint statement, announcing that one Gonzaga player and one person in the team’s traveling party had tested positive for the virus.
“Following surveillance testing for COVID-19, one student-athlete and one non-student-athlete of the Gonzaga men’s basketball travel party tested positive. The student-athlete did not play in Wednesday’s game against West Virginia,” the statement said.
“After thoughtful consultation with the Marion County Public Health Director, the Indiana State Health Commissioner, and both team physicians, Gonzaga and Baylor have mutually agreed today’s game will not be played. Both teams have agreed to attempt to reschedule the game at a later date.”
The coaches – Baylor’s Scott Drew and Gonzaga’s Mark Few – also released a joint statement explaining the cancellation:
“We’re disappointed to not be able to play one of the most anticipated games of the season, but we are following the advice of public health officials. When we decided to play during a pandemic, our priorities were protecting the health and safety of student-athletes and following public health guidelines, and we’re proud of how both programs have held true to those promises.
“There are much greater issues in this world than not being able to play a basketball game, so we’re going to continue praying for everyone who has been affected by this pandemic.”