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Virginia vs. Virginia Tech postponed due to positive coronavirus test

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Sigh.

NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Virginia Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The rivalry matchup between the No. 23 Virginia Cavaliers and No. 24 Virginia Tech Hokies for Saturday afternoon has been postponed. Virginia announced the news via Twitter on January 1, 2021, saying that the game could not be played the following day due to a positive coronavirus test within the staff. Contact tracing made the game unable to be played.

This is the fourth game to be postponed for the Hoos this season as a result of the pandemic. Virginia had to postpone and/or cancel games against Michigan State and Villanova as the Cavaliers paused all activities for several days in December. Virginia also had to postpone its original ACC-opener against Wake Forest scheduled for December 16.

The Hoos are 5-2 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC and are coming off of a solid victory over Notre Dame on the road.

There is no indication whether or not Virginia will have to pause activities again, but this is yet another example of how much more difficult navigating the pandemic is for basketball than football as a result of the contact tracing. Saturday’s game against VT was already rescheduled to be played at 2pm instead of 4pm due to issues around Pitt’s current program pause.

Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.