Duke-Florida State basketball postponed, Coach K in quarantine

COVID-19 issues involving the Seminoles led to the postponement, shortly after it was announced that Duke's Mike Krzyzewski wouldn't be able to coach the game

Mike Krzyzewski coaches his Duke basketball team during a recent game at Notre Dame while assistant Jon Scheyer looks on from th ebench (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

Duke’s scheduled basketball game at Florida State on Saturday has been postponed because of a positive test among the Seminoles, leading to subsequent quarantining and contract tracing.

The game has yet to be rescheduled.


Earlier in the evening, Duke announced that coach Mike Krzyzewski wouldn’t be on the bench for the game. 

According to a statement, the Hall of Fame coach did not travel with the team to Tallahassee while observing standard standard quarantine protocol after being exposed to an individual not in the travel party who tested positive for COVID-19.

Assistant Jon Scheyer would have served as acting head coach in Krzyzewski’s absence had the game been played.

Kryzyzewski has openly questioned whether college basketball should be played during the coronavirus pandemic, which has been raging since early last year and led to the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA tournament.

This is the second straight postponement for the 20th-ranked Blue Devils, which didn’t play its game against Pittsburgh last Tuesday because of COVID-19 issues experienced by the Orange. Three other nonconference games were also affected by the virus. Games against Gardner-Webb, Elon and Charleston Southern won’t be made up.

Duke’s women’s team, meanwhile, recently opted out of the rest of its 2020-21 season because of health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.