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Kansas Jayhawks Drop Out of Big 12 Tournament

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After another positive COVID-19 test in the program, the Kansas Jayhawks have dropped out of the Big 12 Tournament ahead of their semifinal match up with Texas.

Per the conference release, the cancellation follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Kansas men’s basketball program.

As a result of the uncontested outcome, Texas will play in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday against either Baylor or Oklahoma State. That game will be played at 5:30 p.m., as scheduled.

 

READ MORE: Big 12 Tournament Game 7 Preview: Oklahoma State at Baylor

CBSSports.com writer Matt Norlander reported that the Jayhawks player that tested positive did play in Thursday’s quarterfinal win over the Oklahoma Sooners. This positive test comes on the heels of the Jayhawks having to leave two players home due to COVID-19 protocols — David McCormack and Tristan Enaruna.

It’s unclear if these positive tests will impact the Jayhawks’ ability to play in the NCAA Tournament. But the Jayhawks’ departure from the Big 12 Tournament comes on the heels of three other well-heeled programs having to bow out of their conference tournaments for the same reasons — Duke and Virginia.

Duke left the ACC Tournament on Thursday due to a positive test for a Tier 1 person on their team, while Virginia announced their departure Friday morning after a positive test.

At the moment, Kansas is considered a No. 3 seed by both CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. The NCAA Tournament begins on Friday in Indiana.

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