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USF men’s basketball team halts activities due to coronavirus issues

Games against Wichita State and Temple have been postponed with no rescheduled date.
USF forward Alexis Yetna shoots a free throw during a game against Stetson last month at the Yuengling Center on the USF campus.
USF forward Alexis Yetna shoots a free throw during a game against Stetson last month at the Yuengling Center on the USF campus. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jan. 20
Updated Jan. 20

The USF men’s basketball team has stopped all team activities due to coronavirus-related issues within the program, the athletic department announced Wednesday in a news release.

Upcoming contests against Wichita State (Sunday) and Temple (Jan. 27) have been postponed without a rescheduled date.

The Temple game was part of a doubleheader with the women’s program. The women’s game, scheduled for 4 p.m. is still a go, according to the team.

There was no word on when the USF men’s team (7-5) might be able to resume activities. It has not played a game since Jan. 9 at East Carolina.

Games against Houston and East Carolina scheduled for earlier this month were previously postponed. The Houston postponement was “due to positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing within the USF program,” USF said in a release. In the case of the ECU game, USF said the cases originated within the Pirates’ program.

Already this season, USF’s men’s team has missed out on six games due to coronavirus-related issues. Matchups against Florida A&M (Dec. 4) and LSU (Dec. 12) were canceled altogether.

Meanwhile, the USF women’s team (10-1) has had five games removed from their schedule so far. Contests against Houston (Dec. 19) and Wichita State (Wednesday) were postponed due to coronavirus-related issues in those programs, according to USF. Additionally, all three games against SMU have been canceled after the Mustangs opted out of playing the remainder of the season.

The next USF men’s game is scheduled for Jan. 30 against Cincinnati, another doubleheader with the women’s team.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.