Positive COVID-19 test knocks Virginia out of ACC Tournament

Virginia hugs Virginia guard Reece Beekman (2) after his three-point clinching shot during the 2021 New York Life ACC Men's Basketball Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 11, 2021. [Photo by Sara D. Davis, the ACC]

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia ACC men’s basketball tournament semifinal game has been canceled. The game was scheduled to be played on Friday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The cancellation follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Virginia men’s basketball program. The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com.

Virginia is the second team to be taken out by the coronavirus of this year’s tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum.

A Duke player tested positive on Thursday and the Blue Devils announced their season will end without a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.

Tony Bennett, Virignia Head Men’s Basketball Coach:

“We went from an exhilarating game-winning shot to beat Syracuse to a gut punch regarding the positive COVID-19 test within our program. I’m hurting for our players, especially our seniors. I told our young men they have every reason to be disappointed, but it is still very important how they choose to respond. We are exhausting all options to participate in the NCAA Tournament.”

Carla Williams, Virginia Director of Athletics

“This is incredibly disappointing for our players. They have done what has been asked of them in very challenging circumstances. It is unfortunate the ACC Tournament has concluded for us, but we have turned our attention to the NCAA Tournament. We are in communication with the appropriate officials regarding our participation.”

Statement from ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips:

“I’m heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff at both Duke and Virginia. Our teams have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed so much throughout this season. We continue to be led by our ACC Medical Advisory Group and the protocols put in place that have allowed our teams to safely compete during the 2020-21 season. We will follow the lead of our medical personnel to ensure the health and safety of our programs remain the top priority. Our student-athletes and schools have been remarkable this entire season while enduring incredibly challenging circumstances.”

With the cancellation Georgia Tech advances to the ACC Tournament championship game and will play the winner of tonight’s Florida State vs. North Carolina game that will now tip at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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