College basketball hit hard by COVID-19 cancellations: Duke, Illinois latest to join the list of paused teams

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The emergence of the omicron variant has prompted an outbreak of COVID-19 issues across American sports that refuses to cease. College basketball has taken on dozens of COVID pauses at programs throughout the country the past two weeks. A complete list of schools on halt can be see below.

The latest significant schools to announce positive cases within their men’s basketball programs: Duke, UConn, Illinois, Georgetown and Virginia Tech. The ACC has had to call off four intra-league games this week: Duke at Clemson, Florida State at Boston College, Virginia Tech at North Carolina, and Duke at Notre Dame.

Between cancellations and postponements, more than 90 games have been impacted in the first seven weeks this season.

It remains to be seen how damaging the Christmas break (when many players went home to see family), paired with the aggressive trend of rising omicron cases nationwide, impacts college basketball heading into New Year’s Eve and early January. For a deeper look on how omicron has impacted college sports, read our deep dive here.

Teams that have COVID-paused this season

Here is the list of schools affected by COVID-19 protocols, which will be updated as necessary. Last updated: Monday at 7:25 p.m. ET.

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Akron American (currently paused)Binghamton (currently paused) Boston College (currently paused)Bryant (currently paused)Chicago StateCleveland State (currently paused) Colorado (currently paused)Colorado State (currently paused) Connecticut (currently paused)Coppin State (currently paused)Cornell DePaul (currently paused) Drexel (currently paused)Duke (currently paused)Duquesne (currently paused)Eastern Michigan (currently paused)Evansville (currently paused) Fairleigh Dickinson (currently paused)FIU (currently paused)Florida State Fordham Georgetown (currently paused)Georgia Tech (currently paused)George Washington (currently paused)Georgia State Georgia Tech (currently paused)Grand Canyon (currently paused)Hampton (currently paused)HarvardHawaii (currently paused)Houston (currently paused)Illinois (currently paused)James Madison (currently paused)Long Beach State Louisville (currently paused)Loyola Chicago (currently paused) Loyola Maryland (currently paused) Mercer (currently paused)Memphis (currently paused) Morgan State (currently paused)Nevada NJITNorfolk State (currently paused)Northeastern (currently paused) Northern Illinois (currently paused)
Ohio State (currently paused)Oregon State Penn State (currently paused) Purdue Fort Wayne (currently paused)Rhode Island (currently paused)Rice (currently paused)Rutgers (currently paused) Saint Joseph’s (currently paused)Saint Louis San Jose State (currently paused)Seton Hall St. Francis Brooklyn (currently paused) Stanford (currently paused)Syracuse TCU (currently paused)Texas Southern (currently paused) Tulane (currently paused) UCLA (currently paused) UC Irvine (currently paused)
UC Riverside (currently paused)UNC GreensboroUSC (currently paused)UTRGVVCU (currently paused)Virginia Tech (currently paused)Wagner Washington


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