Two members of Gonzaga’s traveling group, one student athlete and one non-student athlete, produced positive test results for the corona virus. Student-athletes don’t play in the Bulldogs’ 87-82 wins above West Virginia on Wednesday.
“In consultation with the Indiana State Health Commissioner, the Marion County Director of Public Health, and the two team doctors, Gonzaga and Baylor have agreed that today’s match will not be played,” read a joint statement.
Both teams hope to reschedule the match, which will be played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“We are disappointed not to be able to play one of the most anticipated games of the season, but we are following the advice of public health officials,” read a joint statement from Baylor head coach Scott Drew and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. .
“When we decided to play during the pandemic, our priority was to protect the health and safety of student athletes and follow public health guidelines, and we are proud of how both programs fulfill these promises. There is a much bigger problem in this world. than not being able to play basketball, so we will continue to pray for everyone who has been hit by this pandemic. “
Gonzaga suspended two players from his game against Auburn last weekend after one tested positive and a team-mate was deemed to be in close contact. On Baylor’s side, Drew missed the team’s first two matches after testing positive for COVID-19.
“One thing with head coaches, in my opinion, is we all work with administrators and there are certain things that keep us on our path, and the only thing I know is that the three parties are working together,” Drew said. “And that is the end result … I just know the final answer I got, and everyone is working hard to make it possible, and it can’t happen in a safe way, so we can’t play the game.”
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