East Carolina’s Wednesday night basketball game at Wichita State has been postponed in the wake of a cluster of positive COVID-19 tests in the ECU program, the American Athletic Conference announced on Monday.
“After consultation with our medical staff, we informed Wichita State and AAC officials that we are unable to play on Dec. 30 due to positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contract tracing of individuals within our men’s basketball program,” ECU AD Jon Gilbert stated in a news release issued by the conference. “All individuals affected will receive daily monitoring from ECU Athletics medical staff. The student-athletes and staff within our athletics department continue to be diligent in following all the necessary protocols during this ongoing pandemic.”
The AAC announcement indicated that if an opportunity arises the matchup will be rescheduled prior to Feb. 21, which is the date the Pirates and Shockers are scheduled to conclude their season series with a contest in Greenville. If the makeup game cannot played before Feb. 21, according to the release, the teams will play back-to-back contests on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21-22, in Wichita.
The game on Feb. 21 is scheduled for a noon start and will air on ESPNU. The rescheduled game will air on ESPN+ at a time to be determined.
The Pirates have been on a holiday interlude since a 68-58 win over Tulane on Tuesday, Dec. 22, in Greenville. ECU is currently scheduled to return to action with a return game against the Green Wave on Saturday, Jan. 2, in New Orleans.