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College basketball: Boston College, Vermont pause for COVID-19

Jan. 25 (UPI) — Boston College and Vermont were among the college basketball programs to halt play over the weekend due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing protocol.

Boston College on Saturday announced that it paused men’s and women’s basketball team activities. The men’s team had games against Virginia Tech (Wednesday) and Pittsburgh (Saturday) postponed after positive tests.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that the Eagles’ scheduled men’s games against Clemson (Wednesday) and Louisville (Saturday) also have been postponed.

Boston College’s women’s team had games against Clemson (last Thursday), Pittsburgh (Sunday) and Florida State (Thursday) postponed due to positive tests. Its next game is Sunday at Miami.

“Both programs remain in COVID protocols, resulting in the postponement of the upcoming games,” Eagles athletic department spokesman Jason Baum said in a news release.

Vermont on Friday night paused all activities for its entire athletic program until at least Feb. 4. The school said it had an “increase in positive COVID-19 test results” among its sports teams.

Vermont said Sunday that its women’s basketball team will not play the remainder of its 2020-21 campaign after the team played just six of its scheduled 12 conference games.

Michigan on Saturday announced a pause for all athletics and closed all sports facilities for up to 14 days. That measure came after the school said it had positive test results for the SAR-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 variant strain of COVID-19.

Fairfield, Monmouth, Nebraska, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Cincinnati, Saint Louis, Northern Illinois, Evansville, Vanderbilt, George Washington, Xavier, TCU and Iowa State were among other basketball programs impacted last week by postponements and program pauses due to COVID-19.

Texas coach Shaka Smart on Monday announced he tested positive for COVID-19. Smart is in isolation and said he won’t return to the team until it is “safe to do so.” The Longhorns are to host Oklahoma on Tuesday in Austin, Texas, and then have a game against Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.

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