NC State pauses men’s basketball activities

The Wolfpack's game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday will be the third the team has lost because of positive COVID-19 tests within its traveling party

NC State basketball coach Kevin Keatts talks with his team during a timeout of its game against North Florida earlier this season (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The NC State men’s basketball program has paused all team-related activities due to positive COVID-19 tests and accompanying contact tracing measures.

 “The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff remains our unwavering priority,” athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement. “We will continue to work with all appropriate parties and adhere to ACC, campus and local protocols to make the most responsible decisions moving forward.”


Two members of the Wolfpack’s travel party have tested positive for COVID-19.

“This was a difficult, but ultimately necessary decision for our program,” coach Kevin Keatts said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff will always come first. After consulting with our medical team, we decided the appropriate measure was to pause all team activities effective immediately.”

Because of the pause, State’s home game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, Dec. 12 will not be played. It is the third game the Wolfpack has lost to COVID-19 this season.

There has been no determination on how the pause in activities will affect future games. The next game on State’s schedule is its ACC opener, at Louisville, on Dec. 16.