The Virginia men’s basketball team is from the ACC tournament after a favorable COVID-19 test over the app, the ACC announced Friday morning.
The Cavaliers were also scheduled to play with Georgia Tech from the ACC tournament semifinals on Friday evening after beating Syracuse from the quarterfinals.
“We moved from a thrilling game-winning shot to conquer Syracuse into a gut attack regarding the optimistic COVID-19 evaluation in our schedule,” stated Virginia head coach Tony Bennett in a prepared statement. I advised our young guys they’ve every reason to be disappointed, however, it’s still quite important how they decide to respond. We’re exhausting all choices to take part in the NCAA Tournament.”
Georgia Tech will automatically progress to the ACC championship match on Saturday from Florida State or even North Carolina.
“But hey, it’s what it is. We will need to be prepared to perform. You are playing for a tournament.”
Virginia is the second group in as many times compelled to draw from the ACC championship because of COVID-19 difficulties and contact tracing, following Duke left Thursday morning.
“This is extremely disappointing for our gamers,” explained Virginia athletic director Carla Williams. “They’ve done what’s been asked of them in very hard conditions. It’s unfortunate that the ACC Tournament has concluded for us, however, we’ve turned our focus to the NCAA Tournament. We’re in communication with the proper officials regarding our involvement.”
Even though Duke athletic director Kevin White declared Thursday the Blue Devils’ season was finished, that is not necessarily true for Virginia. To play at the NCAA championship, a team should show seven successive negative daily evaluations before coming in Indianapolis, then experience daily testing while within the controlled environment .
If Virginia does not have a widespread COVID-19 epidemic and the remainder of the group continues to test negative, the Cavaliers must be qualified to play at the NCAA tournament.
“We shall follow the lead of our medical staff to guarantee the health and security of our programs remain the top priority. Our student-athletes and colleges are remarkable this whole season whilst enduring exceptionally challenging conditions.”
The Cavaliers, the ACC regular-season championsare a projected 4-seed from the NCAA championship in Joe Lunardi’s most up-to-date Bracketology. Considering that the coronavirus pandemic canceled the NCAA championship this past year, Virginia stays the reigning winner after winning the title in 2019.
“We do not understand the particulars of Virginia’s testing, so we do not understand the effect it might or might not possess on our scenario,” explained Pete Moore, spokesman for Syracuse. “It is safe to assume we didn’t have any positive evaluations before the Virginia game since all our men were eligible to perform.”
Pastner said his group hasn’t been back to Atlanta because it made to play with Wake Forest March 4 to make its own bubble. He told his players that they could go in lifts just with individuals inside their bubble.
“Could you get lucky enough not to get it”