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Positive coronavirus test for Virginia nixes ACC semifinal

Georgia Tech will advance to Saturday’s championship game to face the winner of the North Carolina-Florida State matchup.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett watches play during a quarterfinal game against Syracuse Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett watches play during a quarterfinal game against Syracuse Thursday in Greensboro, N.C. [ GERRY BROOME ]
Published Mar. 12
Updated Mar. 12

The Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled a tournament semifinal between No. 16 Virginia and Georgia Tech because of a positive COVID-19 test, quarantining and contact tracing within the Cavaliers program.

The league announced the cancellation Friday morning, less than 12 hours before the teams were set to play the semifinal opener. That meant the Yellow Jackets will advance to Saturday’s championship game to face the winner of the North Carolina-Florida State matchup.

The cancellation came a day after Duke withdrew from the tournament and ended its season amid its own positive test before facing the Seminoles in the quarterfinals.

The Cavaliers (18-6) are the tournament’s top seed and were coming off a win against Syracuse on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Reece Beekman on Thursday.

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer

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