Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
UConn becomes third Big East men’s hoops team to pause after positive COVID test
By ADAM ZAGORIA
UConn announced Thursday that it had become the third Big East men’s basketball team to pause activities due to a positive COVID-19 test.
The NCAA recommends that all Tier-1 individuals, including players, quarantine for 14 days after a positive test. Already during the preseason, Villanova and Marquette paused for 14 days. A UConn spokesman said the length of the shutdown would be determined by the school’s medical people.
“I expect that we’re going to have disruption,” Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman said last week during Big East media day. “What happens with the virus is out of our hands…I’d be lying if I said we couldn’t have disruption.”
The season is slated to begin Nov. 25 with UConn against Central Connecticut. Teams will be tested three times a week during the season.
“There are going to be more challenges this season than any other season in the history of college basketball,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
ESPN canceled all of its events in Orlando during the pandemic, but UConn is one of more than 30 teams set to play in “Bubbleville” at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The Huskies are slated to play in the Legends Classic Dec. 2-3 along with USC, Vanderbilt and BYU.
“It’s probably going to be almost impossible [to complete a season with a 14-day quarantine period],” Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. “It just doesn’t make sense to me, if we’re going to test so much, why we’re not using the tests to keep moving forward.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.