ECU basketball game at Wichita State postponed

The game between the American Athletic Conference rivals will be rescheduled because of positive COVID-19 tests within the Pirates program

Joe Dooley's team is off to a 7-1 start this season, 1-1 in the AAC (Rob Goldberg / ECU Athletics)

East Carolina’s basketball game at Wichita State, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing of student-athletes among the Pirates.

“After consultation with our medical staff, we informed Wichita State and (American Athletic Conference) officials that we are unable to play on December 30 due to positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contract tracing of individuals within our men’s basketball program,” ECU athletic director Jon Gilbert said. “All individuals affected will receive daily monitoring from ECU Athletics medical staff. The student-athletes and staff within our athletics department continue to be diligent in following all the necessary protocols during this ongoing pandemic.”

The game will be rescheduled at the first opportunity when both teams are available prior to Feb. 21, which is the date of the second scheduled game between the Pirates and Shockers in Greenville. Should an opportunity not arise before Feb. 21, the teams will play on back-to-back days Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21-22, in Wichita.

The game on Feb. 21 is scheduled for a Noon Eastern (11 a.m. Central) start and will air on ESPNU. The rescheduled game will air on ESPN+ with a game time to be determined at a later date.

The Pirates are scheduled to return to competition January 2 against Tulane in New Orleans.