For the second time this season the Baylor basketball program has been hit by COVID-19. This time, it will force them to postpone their Big 12 opener with Texas, set for Sunday.
Baylor (4-0) announced Saturday afternoon that due to COVID-19 protocols that both the game with the No. 13 Longhorns (5-1) and Tuesday’s game with Tarleton State would be postponed.
“This is a disappointing time for everyone involved with our program, but we will always prioritize the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in a release. “The Big 12 Conference prepared for this possibility by leaving the final week of the regular season open, and we look forward to hosting Texas at a later date. Our program will return to competition as soon as we can do so safely.”
The Bears are ranked No. 2 in the nation and defeated Stephen. F. Austin on Wednesday. That game was schedule on the fly after the Bears lost a Tuesday game with Nicholls State, as the Colonels were also dealing with COVID-19 protocols.
Before the season began, the Bears had to cancel their trip to the Empire Classic in Uncasville, Connecticut, after Drew tested positive for COVID-19. The Bears lost two games that trip, and had another game canceled. Baylor ended up going to Las Vegas on Nov. 28-29, led by associate head coach Jerome Tang, and won games against Louisiana and Washington.
Drew returned to the bench the following week when the Bears faced Illinois at the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 2. After that, the Bears had a 7-day break before the game with SFA.
Assuming this COVID-19 pause only impacts the games with Texas and Tarleton State, the Bears would take the court again on Dec. 19 at Kansas State.
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