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Florida guard Scottie Lewis (23) celebrates with Keyontae Johnson after blocking a shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida State, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Gators, Sooners men’s basketball matchup cancelled

The University of Florida men’s basketball team will not play their Dec. 2 matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners, the school announced Sunday.

Positive tests delay start of Florida’s season

This is not the first time the virus has affected the Gators. They have been dealing with COVID issues since Nov. 22, when a player and an assistant coach received positive tests. The results led the program to pull out of their Bubbleville tournament matchups against UMass Lowell and Virginia.

Despite the positives, UF did not quarantine any additional scholarship players, the Palm Beach Post reported. Thanks to contact tracing devices called SafeTags, the program was able to move forward after pausing all team activities for one week.

With their first two games nixed, the Gators looked forward to starting their 2020-2021 campaign with a trip to Norman, Okla. However, the virus would once again spoil their plans.

Sooners shut down all activities

While the Gators were on pause, the Oklahoma Sooners dealt with COVID problems of their own. On Nov. 25, the men’s basketball program announced they would halt all team activities due to positive tests.

Subsequently, their game scheduled for that night against UTSA and Saturday’s showdown against UCF were postponed.

Both programs hope for Dec. 2 start

With their initial home openers now nixed, both programs had looked to Dec. 2 as the day they would begin their campaigns for the 2020-2021 season. But that was not to be, as the schools announced yesterday that they had mutually agreed to cancel the game.

The game was supposed to be the beginning of a home and home series, but means the series will begin now begin in 2021.

Pending any other cancellations, both programs will open their season on Dec. 6. The Gators take on Stetson at home at 2 p.m., while the Sooners travel to TCU for a 6 p.m. tip off.

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