Duke withdraws from ACC tourney after positive COVID test
The Duke men’s basketball team will not play in its ACC tournament game against Florida State. The Thursday matchup will be postponed as a result of a positive COVID-19 test within the program. The ACC announced the news on Thursday.
As of Thursday morning, it is not known who on the team tested positive for COVID-19. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman first reported the news of the positive test.
Duke has a positive COVID test and will not play tonight in the ACC tourney, source told @Stadium. Looks like season is over for the Blue Devils.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 11, 2021
According to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, this is Duke’s first positive COVID-19 test among Tier 1 personnel—players and coaches—since the pandemic began. Norlander reports the positive test is with a player who did not play in Wednesday’s win over Louisville.
Source tells @CBSSports that Duke's positive test is with a player who did not play in Wednesday's win over Louisville.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 11, 2021
As a result of the game being canceled, Florida State will advance to the ACC tournament semifinals and will play the winner of Thursday’s North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech game.
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“While our season was different than any other that I can remember, I loved the 2020-21 Duke Basketball team and was honored to be their coach,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “We have not asked more of any team in our history, and they deserve enormous credit for handling everything like the outstanding young men they are.
Duke makes it official: A positive COVID test among Tier 1 personnel will end its 2020-21 season. pic.twitter.com/Z70caR5uFc
— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) March 11, 2021
“…We are disappointed we cannot keep fighting together as a group after two outstanding days in Greensboro. This season was a challenge for every team across the country and as we have seen over and over, this global pandemic is very cruel and is not over yet. As many safeguards as we implemented, no one is immune to this terrible virus.”