The Duquesne men’s basketball team was recently forced to alter their practice schedule due to a player’s positive COVID-19 test, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned, though the Dukes are close to resuming normal basketball activities.
The pause took place over the last few weeks, a critical time period with the 2020-21 college basketball season just 34 days away. A source told PSN that the situation has been dealt with and the team is starting to return to a sense of normalcy following the shutdown.
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The Dukes have not yet announced a schedule for the season. The plan as of now is for Duquesne to open the season in a bubble atmosphere with games set to be played in Louisville. Following that, Duquesne could move to another city to play more games in this bubble environment, but those details haven’t been worked out yet.
COVID-19 has impacted both professional and college teams in terms of games being delayed along with some teams and players not being able to practice, and that will be amplified in college basketball, with just 13 scholarship players available to each team.
The Dukes’ home court for the 2020-21 season has still not yet been decided, either. The coronavirus pandemic also shut down construction on the UPMC Chuck Cooper Fieldhouse on campus, which was expected to open this fall. A timeframe for that building’s opening has not been announced.