Covid knocks Duke out of ACC Tournament

A positive Covid-19 test from a member of the Tier 1 personnel of Duke men’s basketball team has knocked them out of the ACC Tournament, according to the university’s athletics program.

The Duke Blue Devils were scheduled to face off against Florida State on Thursday night at Greensboro Coliseum. Duke ranked 10th in the ACC and finished the season with a 9-9 record.

According to the vice president and director of athletics, Kevin White, the team is following protocols that Duke and the ACC Medical Advisory Group put in place concerning health, safety, and contact tracing. White also announced the athletes on the team are in quarantine.

“Since last March when the pandemic started, we have listened to our medical experts and always put safety at the forefront of any determinations regarding competition,” White said. “As a result, this will end our 2020-21 season. We wish every team still playing college basketball good health and the very best during the next few weeks.”

Coach Mike Krzyzewski released the following statement: “While our season was different than any other that I can remember, I loved the 2020-21 Duke Basketball team and was honored to be their coach. We have not asked more of any team in our history, and they deserve enormous credit for handling everything like the outstanding young men they are. I feel deeply for our players, who have done a terrific job all season in taking care of each other and the team. I am extremely proud of their collective attitudes and effort, which could not have been stronger. We are disappointed we cannot keep fighting together as a group after two outstanding days in Greensboro. This season was a challenge for every team across the country and as we have seen over and over, this global pandemic is very cruel and is not yet over. As many safeguards as we implemented, no one is immune to this terrible virus.”

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