The Oklahoma Sooners will finally take the floor and play its first basketball game on Dec. 3, as they host UT-San Antonio at 7 p.m. CST at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners were supposed to open the season against the Roadrunners on Nov. 25. But the day of the game the program had to shut down due to COVID-19 protocols. That forced the Sooners to postpone their games with UTSA and with UCF, the latter of which was supposed to be played on Nov. 28.
The UCF game has now been canceled, per the OU website. Additionally, the Sooners originally scheduled game with Florida for Dec. 2 was canceled on Monday after the Gators — who were also shut down for a week due to COVID-19 protocols — scheduled a game in ‘Bubbleville’ against Army for the same day.
The Sooners will be the final Big 12 basketball team to take the floor for the first time.
With the rescheduled game, the Sooners avoid what happened to Baylor’s football program earlier this year — playing their Big 12 opener as their season opener. The Bears had their two attempts to play a non-conference game canceled due to COVID concerns. Baylor did end up winning its Big 12 opener against Kansas, but has won one game since that opening win.
Had the Sooners not rescheduled the game with UTSA, they would have faced TCU in their Big 12 opener on Dec. 6.
The only other Big 12 program notably impacted by COVID last week was Baylor’s basketball program, as coach Scott Drew was diagnosed with COVID-19 and went into isolation. The Bears had to cancel three games, but managed to schedule two non-conference games in Las Vegas last weekend, with associate head coach Jerome Tang on the bench. The Bears won both games.
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