Gonzaga Bulldogs-Baylor Bears recreation referred to as off after optimistic coronavirus exams

The much-anticipated matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor has been referred to as off, each colleges introduced Saturday.

Two members of Gonzaga’s journey get together, one student-athlete and one non-student-athlete, produced optimistic coronavirus take a look at outcomes. The coed-athlete didn’t play within the Bulldogs’ 87-82 win over West Virginia on Wednesday.

“In session with the Indiana State Well being Commissioner, the Marion County Public Well being Director, and each staff physicians, Gonzaga and Baylor have mutually agreed right this moment’s recreation is not going to be performed,” a joint assertion learn.

The 2 groups hope to reschedule the sport, which was to have been performed at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

“We’re dissatisfied to not be capable to play one of many most-anticipated video games of the season, however we’re following the recommendation of public well being officers,” a joint assertion from Baylor head coach Scott Drew and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few mentioned.

“Once we determined to play throughout a pandemic, our priorities had been defending the well being and security of student-athletes and following public well being tips, and we’re pleased with how each applications have held true to those guarantees. There are a lot larger points on this world than not having the ability to play a basketball recreation, so we’ll proceed praying for everybody who has been affected this pandemic.”

Gonzaga held two gamers out of its recreation towards Auburn final weekend after one examined optimistic and a teammate was thought-about a detailed contact. On Baylor’s facet, Drew missed the staff’s first two video games after testing optimistic for COVID-19.

“The one factor with head coaches, I believe, is all of us work with directors and there is sure issues that we keep in our lane with, and the one factor I do know is that each one three events labored collectively,” Drew mentioned. “And that was the ultimate final result … I simply know the ultimate reply that I obtained, and that was everyone labored to attempt to make it attainable, and it couldn’t occur in a secure method, so we won’t play the sport.”

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