INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday’s highly anticipated college basketball showdown between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor will be happening after all.
The nation’s two top-rated teams were slated to face off at 1:00 pm ET at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, but it is now being reported that the game has been canceled after two people in Gonzaga traveling setup tested positive for COVID-19.
It is believed the two people returning positive tests are, one student-athlete and one non-student-athlete. The student-athlete was also not involved in the Bulldogs’ victory over No. 11 West Virginia on Wednesday night.
Last weekend, Gonzaga held two players out of its game against Auburn after one tested positive and a teammate was considered a close contact.
Both teams entered the weekend showdown undefeated, having won all three of their games thus far this season.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have two wins already against ranked teams, while the Baylor Bears have won their lone fixture against an AP ranked side.
The two teams are now hoping to reschedule the game at a later date.
“We’re disappointed to not be able to play one of the most-anticipated games of the season, but we are following the advice of public health officials,” a joint statement from Baylor head coach Scott Drew and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said.
“When we decided to play during a pandemic, our priorities were protecting the health and safety of student-athletes and following public health guidelines, and we’re proud of how both programs have held true to these promises. There are much greater issues in this world than not being able to play a basketball game, so we’re going to continue praying for everyone who has been affected by this pandemic.”