Pitt has postponed its second consecutive men’s basketball game, the program announced on Thursday.
The game was postponed due to another positive test within the program and subsequent contact tracing, as well as contact tracing from a positive case outside the program.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have determined it is in the program’s best interests to postpone Saturday’s game,” head coach Jeff Capel said in a press release. “We are testing daily within the program and will thoroughly conduct contact tracing to identify anyone who is determined to be a close contact. The health and safety of everyone in the program remains our focus as we look to navigate this pandemic.”
The game is the second this week to be postponed by the Panthers, following Tuesday’s scheduled game at Duke.
The Panthers (4-2, 1-1 in ACC) do not have another game scheduled until Jan. 9, when they are set to host Florida State.
Pitt has just one week that does not have two scheduled games between now and the ACC Tournament in early March. The Panthers are off the weekend of Jan. 29-31. Both Duke and Notre Dame have games scheduled for that weekend.
Pitt’s women’s basketball team is also going through a shut down. The women postponed four games earlier on Thursday and will not play again until Jan. 14 at Notre Dame, after missing scheduled contests against Boston College (Dec. 31), North Carolina (Jan. 3), Louisville (Jan. 7) and Clemson (Jan. 10).