Kansas vs. Harvard men’s basketball game canceled due to COVID

LAWRENCE – The Kansas men’s basketball will no longer face Harvard on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse, as the Ivy League team announced on Sunday that the competition has been canceled “due to COVID-19 and protocol issues. security within “the Crimson program.

This is the second game in a row the Jayhawks (9-1) will have missed due to complications from COVID-19, at least in part, with another team. Kansas also had its Dec. 21 clash against Colorado called off.

“The Ivy League continues to keep the safety of its student-athletes, staff and large campus communities at the forefront of its decision-making during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Harvard statement said in part. “Campus policies across the league require student-athletes to be fully immunized.”

The Kansas statement read in part: “Kansas’ men’s basketball game against Harvard scheduled for Wednesday, December 29 has been called off due to a combination of injuries and positive COVID-19 tests as part of the Harvard program. . The match will not be rescheduled. this season.”

The Jayhawks’ release went on to say that Kansas is currently looking for an opponent to play on Wednesday and “fill out the cancellation” that occurred. This press release added that each ticket issued for the Harvard (8-4) competition “will automatically be transferred with the details of the new opponent once it is finalized”. So it looks like Jayhawks fans should always expect to see their team compete this week ahead of their Big 12 Conference opening.

If Kansas can’t find another opponent, their next scheduled game is Saturday, Jan. 1 against Big 12-foe TCU. The Horned Frogs (10-1) have a game Wednesday against Texas Southern before traveling to Lawrence to face the Jayhawks. TCU recently picked up victories against Georgetown, Texas A&M and Utah.

“It’s going to ruin the conference season,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said after the game against Colorado was canceled. “I just hope that doesn’t mess things up where it takes away the fans and what makes college basketball so great. Anyone can face a weeklong hiatus. I just don’t know. how it will be if – reduced capacity and you start doing everything that we did last year because of what happened. “

In an appearance on Hawk Talk the day after Colorado’s game was canceled, Jayhawks assistant coach Kurtis Townsend said the Kansas players would report Sunday and practice that night. The Lawrence Journal-World reported on Sunday that Self had confirmed that this had taken place.

Townsend also said during this Hawk Talk appearance that if anything happened to the game against Harvard, it would give Kansas time to potentially find someone else to play who was also supposed to play that day but who has one. match had also been canceled. He doesn’t think that once the conference begins, the Jayhawks will schedule additional opponents unless more cancellations occur.

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas athletics at the Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at jmguskey@gannett.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.

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