The Pitt men’s basketball program has once again altered its plans in response to COVID-19 issues, but this time, it was an ACC rival that necessitated the change. And as a result, Pitt will face Syracuse at the Carrier Dome at 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, according to an announcement from the ACC.
Originally, Syracuse was set to host Florida State on Wednesday night, but Florida State is currently dealing with a positive COVID-19 test within its program. So to fill a void on the calendars of both Pitt and Syracuse, Pitt’s trip to western New York, which was scheduled for Feb. 13, was moved up to this week.
In addition, the time of Pitt’s Jan. 12 matchup with Georgia Tech was moved from 7 p.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET. No reason for the time change was provided, and Pitt is still scheduled to face Florida State on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. However, should the Seminoles’ issues persist, Pitt could see its schedule altered again.
Pitt has faced its own issues with COVID-19 over the past month, as Jeff Capel tested positive for the coronavirus and missed Pitt’s 64-54 loss to Louisville as a result. And although he was able to resume his coaching duties, the team later quarantined and postponed games with Duke and Notre Dame after a positive test within the program.
As things stand, it will have been more than two weeks since Pitt last played when it takes the court against Syracuse on Wednesday, as the Panthers last played against Louisville on Dec. 22. However, for Syracuse, it will have been even longer, as the Orange were last in action against Buffalo on Dec. 19.