Sunday, January 23, 2022

Duke basketball games vs. Clemson, Notre Dame postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests in Blue Devils program

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Duke’s scheduled game vs. Notre Dame on Saturday has been postponed, the program announced on Wednesday. The news comes on the heels of the Blue Devils being forced to postpone its game vs. Clemson on Wednesday night due to positive COVID-tests with the Blue Devils program. 

Whether the Blue Devils will have enough healthy players to play Georgia Tech on Tuesday remains unclear. Duke’s entire team and coaching staff is vaccinated per university policy. Regardless, a source said, multiple players tested positive upon returning from Christmas break. It’s believed to be a byproduct of the highly contagious omicron variant that has spiked the number of positive cases throughout the country and caused postponements and cancellations in virtually every team sport played in the United States.

More than 70 men’s college basketball teams have gone on COVID pause so far this season, which has led to the postponement or cancellation of nearly 100 games. Multiple coaches told CBS Sports in recent days that they were concerned they’d face possible shutdowns because of positive cases upon players returning from spending time with their families for the holiday.

“This variant seems very difficult to avoid,” one coach said. “It feels like it’s going to get every team at some point.”

Duke is off to an 11-1 start in what is Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season on the sideline. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, No. 2 in the Coaches Poll, and No. 2 in the CBS Sports Top 25 And 1. It is possible the earliest they will return to the court is for a Jan. 4 game against Josh Pastner’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets — though it should be noted that Georgia Tech is also currently on a COVID pause.

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