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INDIANAPOLIS — The Butler men’s basketball game against Eastern Illinois, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed.

Butler stopped all team activities Thursday following a positive COVID-19 test result from among players, coaches and support staff. The individual is not showing symptoms, according to a school release, and a confirmation test will be administered. Those identified as close contacts have been instructed to quarantine.

The positive test was detected Wednesday night following the Bulldogs’ 66-62 opening victory over Western Michigan at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The test was part of Butler’s three-times-a-week surveillance testing, in accordance with NCAA and Big East protocols.

More information will be forthcoming after the confirmation test.

Butler’s next two games, both at home, are scheduled for Dec. 6 against Northern Kentucky and Dec. 11 against Kansas State. Under a 14-day quarantine, the Bulldogs would miss the Northern Kentucky game and have one practice day before Kansas State.

— David Woods, Indianapolis Star

Butler Bulldogs head coach LaVall Jordan talks to a player at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Butler Bulldogs lead at halftime, 32-26. (Photo: Grace Hollars/IndyStar)

Gonzaga has positive COVID-19 test from non-player

The No. 2 Gonzaga men’s basketball team learned it had a positive COVID-19 test from a member of its traveling party before it took the court for its season-opener against No. 6 Kansas at the Fort Myers Tip-Off at Suncoast Arena in Fort Myers on Thursday afternoon.

The non-student-athlete was the only positive from 112 tests conducted on Wednesday by tournament organizer Inersport for the four participating teams, including Auburn and St. Joe’s.

According to a release by Intersport, it “activated its medical protocols and contacted the Florida Department of Health to independently conduct contact tracing measures. At the conclusion of their investigation, two close, non-student-athlete Gonzaga contacts were identified.”

All three of those members of the Gonzaga traveling party are isolating in their hotel rooms under the supervision of Gonzaga’s medical team.

“The medical staffs from all programs deemed today’s games can be played as scheduled,” according to the release.

— Ed Reed, Fort Myers News-Press

Temple pauses men’s basketball activities

Temple announced it is pausing activity with its men’s basketball team due to a positive Covid-19 test within the program. 

The team will begin a 14-day quarantine. The unidentified individual who tested positive will be in isolation for 10 days.

“This is not the way we anticipated opening our season,” Temple said in a statement released on its website, “but we will follow our medical professionals’ guidance in preparation for restarting practice in two weeks.”

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