On his weekly ACC teleconference, Virginia Cavaliers basketball head coach Tony Bennett confirmed to the media that senior guard Tomas Woldetensae would not be available this Wednesday when the Hoos host NC State due to contact tracing protocols. He had also missed this past Saturday’s one-point loss at Duke.
Woldetensae has played in 18 of Virginia’s 20 games this season, averaging just 13.8 minutes a game. He’s shooting 42.9% from the floor and 44.4% from the three, but off limited opportunities. In the Hoos’ loss to Florida State last week, he went 3-of-4 from beyond the arch and 4-of-5 overall in just 12 minutes of play. He flashed similar levels of brilliance against Pitt earlier in the month, going 4-of-5 from three.
Bennett said he’s still a little apprehensive each time test results come in. “It’s getting [to be] crunch time now. If you’re having an opportunity to play, you don’t want to have a shut down or a pause now.”
With the end of the season and conference tournaments in sight, Bennett says he’s “hopeful” that nothing will happen at this stage that will be “tough to absorb.” Still, he says he’s grateful for how many games and practices the team’s been able to conduct all season.
Woldetensae will continue self-isolating until he’s reached 10 days without exhibiting any symptoms, or after seven days if he continues to test negative on or after the fifth day following exposure.
Tipoff against the Wolfpack is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.