Louisville basketball pausing due to positive COVID-19 test, canceling game vs. UNC Greensboro

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The Louisville basketball program is pausing all team activities indefinitely due to a positive COVID-19 test and the subsequent contact tracing requirements, according to a Thursday evening announcement from the school. The 4-0 Cardinals will have their game against UNC Greensboro on Friday canceled as a result.

“We are adhering to the ACC and university protocols, and will monitor the matter day-to-day,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement. The Cardinals have not determined if their game against No. 4 Wisconsin scheduled for Dec. 9 or their game against NC State scheduled for Dec. 16 will be impacted.

According to the school, the program has been testing “Tier 1” personnel three times per week. That includes players, coaches, managers and staff. The positive test came during the program’s round of testing on Thursday. Louisville isn’t the only ACC program on pause, as Wake Forest announced Monday that it

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College basketball schedule 2020-21: Louisville pausing activities due to COVID-19, cancels Friday’s game

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Louisville became the latest high-profile college basketball program to pause activities due to issues with COVID-19 on Thursday night, when the school announced an indefinite halt after someone in the program tested positive for COVID-19. The Cardinals are off to a 4-0 start, but their game against UNC Greensboro on Friday will be canceled. Louisville is next scheduled to play Dec. 9 against No. 4 Wisconsin.

The school has not determined if that game will be affected by the COVID-19 issues in the program. Louisville is far from the only program to be hit with scheduling problems related to the coronavirus this season. Dozens of games have been canceled or postponed as the sport begins its season with the pandemic sweeping the nation.

As developments continue to unfold, we’ll be tracking all the latest news and notes surrounding scheduling snafus below in our tracker.

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Tipoff time set for Nebraska basketball’s Christmas Day game against Michigan | Men’s Basketball

The Nebraska basketball team with play its Christmas game long after all of Santa’s presents have been opened.

The Huskers tip off against Michigan at 5 p.m. on Christmas, according to schedule news released by the Big Ten. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network as part of a Christmas package of league games.

Michigan represents the second game of Nebraska’s 20-game Big Ten schedule, and the first Big Ten home game. It is unlikely, though not yet known for sure, whether the game will have fans inside Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Dec. 30 game at Ohio State will tip off at 5:30 p.m. and air on BTN. Nebraska will play at least 18 games on BTN — including 12 in a row — and currently has one game, against Wisconsin, scheduled for ESPN2 or ESPNU.

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Badger South girls basketball preview: Oregon looks for another shot in a league rich in talent, history | Girls basketball

Coach: Matt Stollberg, fourth year at Watertown, eighth overall (43-29).

Season status: The Badger Conference elected not to conduct conference competition in winter sports, but Watertown has elected to organize its own non-conference schedule.

Returning starters: Aubrey Schmutzler, 5-9, sr., G (6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg); Teya Maas, 6-1, sr., F (15.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.5 apg); Avalon Uecke, 6-1, sr., G (9.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.3 apg); Riley Quinn, 5-9, jr., F (3.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, .5 apg); Lily Gifford. 5-11, jr., G (5.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg).

Other returnees: Autumn Meyers, 5-7, sr., G (1.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .6 apg); Sydney Linskens, 5-7, sr., G (2.8 ppg, .8 rpg, .4 apg); Riley Frederick, 5-8, sr., G (.9 ppg, 1.0 rpg, .2 apg); Macy Zubke, 5-11, sr., F (1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, .5 apg).

Key fact: Freshman Drew Hinrichs is the lone underclassmen as Watertown looks to

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Quinnipiac vs. Drexel odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 3 predictions from proven model

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will take on the Drexel Dragons at 2 p.m. ET Thursday at Mohegan Sun Arena. Both teams are 1-1 on the season. It is the second of back-to-back games between the teams in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic being held in Uncasville, Conn. The Dragons won the first matchup 66-48.

The Dragons are favored by seven points this time around in the the latest Drexel vs. Quinnipiac odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 136. Before making any Quinnipiac vs. Drexel picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against

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UW men’s basketball remains winless after 76-62 loss to Utah in Pac-12 opener

Quade Green curled around screens for teardrop layups and stepped outside for deep three-pointers to lead the Washington men’s basketball team in scoring for a second straight outing. But again, it wasn’t enough.

The senior point guard finished with a career-high tying 21 points and represented the only bright spot in yet another dismal performance for the Huskies, who lost 76-62 at Utah in their Pac-12 opener on Thursday.

Green has led the Huskies in scoring twice this season and has proven he can score, but the Huskies need more offensive options.

Unlike their first two outings, the Huskies displayed the fight and effort that coach Mike Hopkins said was missing early in the season.

Washington received 13 points and 12 rebounds from Nate Roberts while Hameir Wright tallied 10 rebounds and 7-foot-4 center Riley Sorn came off the bench to give UW a spark

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DePaul women’s basketball is one of the few teams that wears masks during games, and the players won’t use it as an excuse

CHICAGO — The complaining lasted a week.



Doug Bruno standing in front of a crowd: DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.


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DePaul head coach Doug Bruno on the sidelines during a 2017 game against Connecticut at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.

OK, it lasted a couple of weeks. All right, maybe it was a month.

Yet DePaul women’s basketball players have dutifully worn face masks during every practice since Aug. 7 and all three of their games this season.

“We’re pretty used to it,” senior guard Deja Church said. “We complained a lot about it. But like Coach (Doug) Bruno says, ‘We’re going to make adversity our best friend.’ With or without masks, we’ll play to the best of our abilities. We’re not going to make masks an excuse.”

Seeing coaches and players wearing masks on sidelines has become routine as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But players competing in them? That’s rare.

The NCAA and the Big East

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In era of silent nights, U basketball players create their own atmosphere

After Marcus Carr’s step-back three-pointer sealed Monday’s 67-64 victory for the Gophers against Loyola Marymount, he turned toward his bench to see teammates leaping in celebration.

Behind them, though, were nothing but empty seats at Williams Arena.

When Carr gazed in the opposite direction, the junior guard saw more of the same. Emptiness. The game announcer and players shouted with emotion during the play. Then the Barn went silent.

Gophers coach Richard Pitino said he thought, “What do I do?” in reaction to Carr’s dynamic shot.

“I hate it for Marcus Carr,” Pitino said. “[He] makes a great play and he can’t feel that enthusiasm. That’s why you play sports … I hate it. I hate it for our guys.”

The state’s COVID-19 restrictions have kept the Gophers (3-0) from having fans at games this season, erasing the atmosphere at the Barn. It’s been up to the players to generate

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Tobacco Road’s great old gyms are just empty buildings without college basketball fans

Duke was supposed to go to the Bahamas this year, back when traveling to an island resort for a basketball tournament was the simplest thing in the world. The closest the Blue Devils or anyone else will get is the atmosphere in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday, when Duke hosted Michigan State in an arena empty of fans.



Cameron Indoor Stadium before Duke plays host to North Carolina on March 7, 2020, in Durham, North Carolina.


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Cameron Indoor Stadium before Duke plays host to North Carolina on March 7, 2020, in Durham, North Carolina.

Without the students screaming and boosters murmuring, the squeaking of sneakers was loud as a gunshot. Voices carried. Even the lighting looked different. Duke installed new LED lighting over the summer and without the teeming mass of human bodies to reflect and refract it, it had a bit of the blue glow of the ballroom at Atlantis, where Duke was supposed to have played.

In Cameron and in

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Tyler Wahl version 2.0 has provides a big boost for the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team | Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball

Morning, a Wisconsin native who played football at UW-Stout, always has had a soft spot for Wahl because he’s a Badgers fan. But Wahl’s work ethic also made an immediate impression on his instructor.

“He’s got that mindset that I’m going to do whatever I can to be better,” Morning said. “He’s just different in a great way.”

Wahl wanted to get bigger and stronger, but Morning’s program went beyond that. They worked on improving Wahl’s explosiveness and ability to change direction efficiently.

When Morning tuned in for the first couple games this season, it wasn’t hard to notice that Wahl had more pop in his steps and jumps. “It’s awesome to see,” Morning said.

Wahl was listed at 214 pounds as a freshman, but he was down to around 200 by the end of the season. One of the first priorities was to get some weight back on him,

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