KANSAS CITY, MAP – Kansas No. 11 exited the Big 12 on Friday after testing positive for the men’s basketball program COVID-19, becoming the third-largest team to end its off-season conference due to a coronavirus.
The acceleration, which put No. 13 Texas on the field in the championship game against Oklahoma No. 12, was only the 16th that Virginia reached the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference due to a positive test.
The Jayhawks learned earlier this week that because of the COVID-19 protocols, they will be without center-back David McCormack և backup striker Tristan Enaruna. On Thursday night, without them, the second round of the tournament went from No. 25 Oklahoma in the quarterfinals with a score of 69-62.
Kansas spent the entire season without outbursts, which caused it to cancel or postpone the game.
“Obviously we are disappointed, our players are disappointed that they can not continue to fight for the Big 12 title,” said ay Ahox coach Bill Self. “We followed the daily tests and the additional protocols that were drawn up for us. Unfortunately, we got a wrong time break.
“I look forward to preparing my team for the unique NCAA tournament,” he said.
It is not clear whether the positive test came from a player or a staff member. Kansas had to return to negative tests for seven days in a row, with at least five eligible players taking part in the first round of the tournament. It opens on March 19, just a week away, and will be played entirely in Indianapolis, nearby.
The team stayed in Kansas City and planned to train with their qualified players this weekend before leaving for Indianapolis on Monday. McCormack, Enaruna չեն The player who tested positive on Friday will not travel with the team, but it is expected that McCormack և Enaruna will join the Jayhawks before they play their first round match.
The player who gets a positive result in the Big 12 tournaments is likely to miss the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
In any case, they hope they can take part in the tournament. They were likely the No. 1 seed to have a national championship ambition before last season’s NCAA tournament was canceled due to an epidemic.
It remains to be seen whether Oklahoma will return a positive test after playing “ay ahox”. The women will soon be testing daily before heading to Kansas City to continue their journey to Indianapolis.
On Thursday, Duke of the long-term Duke withdrew from the ACC after a pair of victories due to a positive test. The Blue Devils canceled their season, solidifying their 24 consecutive NCAA Series appearances.
A day later, national champion Virginia also withdrew from the ACC tournament, which Cavalier coach Tony Bennett called a “gut”. Several small schools, including Florida International & North Carolina A&T, have also dropped out of this week’s conferences.
“I feel sorry for our players, especially our seniors,” Bennett said in a statement. “We use all options to participate in the NCAA Tournament.”
The NCAA has put in place contingency plans if the team fails to qualify for next week’s tournament in Indiana. The last four big teams absent from the field will be named as substitute teams; they will be placed in parentheses instead of any other team at the Multi-Bid Conference, which will take place before their opening game.
Once the games start, there will be no more substitutions, the opponent will automatically advance to the next round.
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