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Duke basketball has positive COVID-19 result; won’t play vs. FSU in ACC Tournament

According to a report from Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Duke basketball has received a positive COVID-19 test; the Blue Devils won’t play tonight in Round 3 of the ACC Tournament vs. Florida State.

As Duke looked to mount a last minute run for the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils defeated Boston College on Tuesday in Greensboro. One day later, Duke took down Louisville — Wednesday night.

This effectively concludes the 2020-21 season for Duke basketball. Duke will miss the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.

Prior to the ACC Tournament, Duke played most recently on March 6 — a road loss against UNC.

The news is certainly disconcerting on multiple levels. During the first two days of the tournament, Duke drove back and forth from Durham to Greensboro, opting to stay in the team’s de facto home bubble.

So far, there are no other reports of additional positive COVID-19 results from the tournament. Although this is disconcerting given the circumstances of the ACC Tournament — teams coming to one location from disparate regions of the country.

Let’s not forget, too: the 2021 NCAA Tournament starts next week.

 

UPDATE:

Louisville issues a statement: “confident” that the basketball program won’t have to experience any contract tracing, due in part to Kinexon tracking technology.