The NC State basketball team lost one high profile nonconference matchup on Saturday when its game against UConn in Uncasville, Connecticut was canceled because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Wolfpack traveling party.
Monday, coach Kevin Keatts’ team lost another when it was announced that its game at Michigan as part of the ACC/Big East Challenge also won’t be played as scheduled.
The game, which was scheduled for Wednesday, could still be made up if an alternative date can be found. According to a release announcing the postponement, the schools are working together to see if that’s possible.
The statement added that State will “continue to evaluate” the situation and that no additional decisions have been made as to State’s upcoming schedule.
“Far too often have I had to say we are all living in unprecedented times,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said in a statement. “Our main concern is the health and safety of Coach Keatts, his players as well as all of those within the N.C. State program. It is unfortunate we have to postpone this ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup. It would have been fun. However, we must do what is right, and this is the right thing to do for everyone.”
State reported the positive test Friday night while in isolation at the “Bubbleville” set up inside the Mohegan Sun resort. The Wolfpack had received negative results after taking a PCR test upon its arrival in Connecticut and again before playing UMass-Lowell on Thursday.
No new positives have been reported since the cancellation of the UConn game.