Men’s basketball cancels upcoming games due to COVID-19 protocols


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This is the second instance of cancellation due to COVID-19 within the Northeastern program.

Eamonn Ryan, deputy sports editor

The Northeastern men’s basketball team was scheduled to play William and Mary (6-8, 4-5 CAA) Feb. 27 and 28, but the series has now been canceled due to COVID-19-related reasons within the NU program.

While it is unclear who exactly returned the positive test result, the two upcoming games still had to be postponed due to CAA conference protocols. It is unlikely that the games will be played at a later date, considering the regular season would have ended this weekend and conference tournament play is set to open up March 6.

The cancellation of the series is not the only scheduling change that the CAA announced Monday. According to a press release from Northeastern Assistant Athletic Director of Communications Scott MacDonald, there were also cancellations of games between Hofstra and Elon as well as Delaware and Towson.

The Huskies suffered a loss in their last contest against North Carolina, which will be their last game of the regular season before the conference tournament. They have cemented themselves as the second seed in the conference tournament, no matter the outcome of league-leading James Madison’s game this weekend, and will face the winner of the seventh seed and 10th seed in the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament.

This is the second stoppage of play this season due to COVID-19 protocols that has been reported within the men’s basketball team. In January, The News reported a positive result in the program that canceled two series in February. The Huskies have only played three games this month, and have only won one.

This setback means that the Huskies’ next game will not be played until conference tournament play begins, and at that point the fate of their season will hang in the balance. Based on the CAA’s release of the conference tournament schedule, the Huskies will play Sunday, March 7 at 6 p.m. against the winner of the game between the seventh and 10th seeds.