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Pitt basketball programs postpone games due to issues with COVID-19

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The Pitt basketball programs both postponed games in response to positive COVID-19 tests on Thursday. For the Pitt men, Saturday’s matchup with Notre Dame was postponed. And for the Pitt women, Thursday’s matchup with Boston College and their subsequent three contests were postponed. And in addition to that, team activities have been paused.

The positive test in the men’s program was the third COVID-related issue the team has run into. Previously, Jeff Capel tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the Louisville game, and the Duke game originally scheduled for Tuesday night was postponed following an additional positive test within the program.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we have determined it is in the program’s best interest to postpone Saturday’s game,” Capel said in a statement. “We are testing daily within the program and will thoroughly conduct contact tracing to identify anyone who is determined to be a close contact. The health and safety of everyone in the program remains our focus as we look to navigate this pandemic.”

Based on Thursday’s announcements, the next time the Pitt men are expected to take the court is on Jan. 9, when Florida State comes to the Petersen Events Center. And for the Pitt women, the next scheduled matchup will fall on Jan. 14, when the team heads to South Bend, Indiana, to face Notre Dame.