Kentucky-Louisville Men’s Game # 21 postponed by COVID | Ap thread

Kentucky and Texas saw their schedules altered by COVID-19 concerns just as the two teams also rose in the rankings.

This week’s men’s basketball showdown between the No.20 Wildcats and rival Louisville at Lexington has been postponed due to several positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals’ schedule.

Louisville interim athletic director Josh Heird said in a statement that activities related to the team have been suspended indefinitely.

The Bluegrass rivalry match that was scheduled for Wednesday between the school 80 miles apart has been played every year since the 1982-83 season. A Kentucky statement on Monday morning said the sports department was looking for a replacement game for the Wildcats (8-2) for Wednesday or Thursday at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky comes out of North Carolina’s 98-69 rout on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas, a rescheduled clash after opponents from both schools were withdrawn following COVID-19 concerns. This game helped the Wildcats earn a spot in this week’s poll. Louisville lost 82-72 on Saturday to rival in Kentucky state, were it not for senior center Malik Williams, who was reportedly sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols.

Texas, which moved up to 16th on Monday, is also open on Wednesday after its scheduled state meeting against Rice was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns in the Owls’ program. Rice is scheduled to play North Texas on Jan. 1 in their Conference USA opener.

Elsewhere, Rutgers will postpone Thursday’s game against Central Connecticut to a later date due to COVID-19 protocols and out of caution. The Big Ten school game against Rider that was postponed on Saturday has been called off.

Evansville suspended the men’s basketball team on Friday, forcing the postponement of Saturday’s home game against Tennessee-Martin. Sports department officials have announced that the Purple Aces (4-8, 0-1 Missouri Valley Conference) will not travel to Dallas for Tuesday’s game against SMU due to COVID-19 developments.

No makeup date was announced, although a statement said he was following league and NCAA protocols. Evansville’s next scheduled game is Jan. 2 in Northern Iowa.

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