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U. of Kentucky pauses basketball after positive COVID-19 tests

U. of Kentucky pauses basketball after positive COVID-19 tests
Kentucky had been scheduled to host Texas on Saturday at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Photo by Hojocircus/Wikimedia Commons

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The University of Kentucky has canceled Saturday's men's basketball game against Texas and paused all team activities due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines, the school said Friday.

"The health and safety of Wildcat student-athletes, coaches and staff remains U.K. athletics' No. 1 priority," Kentucky said in a news release.

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Kentucky's pause in activity will last for at least 48 hours. The Texas game -- scheduled for 8 p.m. EST Saturday in Lexington -- is the first contest the college has canceled this season due to COVID-19.

Kentucky didn't play previously scheduled matchups against Detroit Mercy and South Carolina because of COVID-19, but those games weren't canceled.

Kentucky played Alabama on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa. The Wildcats are scheduled to face Missouri at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday in Columbia. Texas is scheduled to host Baylor at 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

Also, the Atlantic Coast conference said Friday that the Boston College-Miami women's basketball game, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed.

Boston College announced Saturday that its men's and women's basketball programs have paused team activities due to positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines.

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Davidson, Santa Clara, Oregon, Massachusetts, Michigan and Furman also paused their men's basketball programs this week due to positive COVID-19 tests and quarantines.

The University of Connecticut on Wednesday announced it postponed its next two men's basketball games after the Huskies shared the court with a referee who was positive for COVID-19.

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