The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team will not face Arizona schools this week due to coronavirus concerns within the Ducks program.
The team’s matchup Thursday against the Arizona State Sun Devils and Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats was postponed after a COVID-19 test positive, Jeff Goodman of Stadium reported.
Ducks confirmed closure and said teams will try to reschedule games.
It’s the fifth game postponed in the last seven meetings for the Sun Devils (4-5), who have only played nine games this season.
After a game against Incarnate Word was canceled, the Utes were forced to postpone their game against ASU due to coronavirus concerns within Utah’s program.
The Sun Devils were forced to postpone their next two games against Washington and Washington State after developments of the coronavirus within the ASU program.
The Pac-12 has said it will work with teams to reschedule conference matchups at a later date this season.
ASU’s last victory was on December 13 over the Grand Canyon. The Sun Devils have gone 0-3 since then.
“It feels exhausting… It has been difficult for [the players], just with all the testing, the stoppages and everything we’ve had to go through so far, ”said ASU head coach Bobby Hurley. Doug & Wolf of Arizona Sports Tuesday morning before the Oregon news broke. “In a sense, you still feel blessed that we could go and play the games we did. [against USC and UCLA]. “
It is the seventh Wildcats game this season that has been postponed or canceled. Arizona has been able to play 12 games this season, posting a 9-3 record.
Oregon State, which paused team activities due to COVID-19 Concerns January 5, is expected to start climbing again on Tuesday after canceling back-to-back games. The Beavers are scheduled to face the Wildcats on Thursday and the Sun Devils on Saturday.