The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team won’t play tonight against the Louisville Cardinals after a positive test for COVID-19 within the Louisville program. This marks the fifth game this year for Syracuse that has been postponed due to COVID-19 regulations.
SCHEDULE UPDATE:— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 3, 2021
Tonight's game vs. Louisville has been postponed due to a COVID-related issue with the Louisville program.
We play at Clemson on Saturday (2 PM, ACCN).
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Much like they did last week, the Orange will now go six days in between games before its next matchup in South Carolina at Clemson on February 6. Syracuse was scheduled to play the Tigers on January 12, but a positive test in the Clemson program postponed that initial contest. The game against Clemson will be on the ACC Network and scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. ET tip.
There aren’t many gaps in Syracuse’s schedule left to play the rest of its postponed games, especially with the addition of Louisville. The Orange still need to make up four games from their original schedule, with the longest remaining gap between games being a five-day stretch beginning with the Duke game on February 22 and ending with the Georgia Tech game on February 27.
Syracuse could have used tonight’s Louisville game as a resume booster for its tournament hopes. The Cardinals dropped out of the rankings just this week but still received votes in both polls. There aren’t too many chances left for the Orange to secure quality wins.
The Orange now look to the Tigers, who started the season hot with a 9-1 record. Since then, Clemson has lost four of its last six games to drop to an 11-5 overall record and a 5-5 conference record. The Tigers recently defeated UNC in their last game on Tuesday 63-50.