No. 4 UCLA’s game vs. Alabama State was called off but an hour before tip on Wednesday night. the varsity announced the competition would “not be played as scheduled thanks to COVID-19 protocols.”
The school’s statement came to touch quite three and a half hours after UCLA initially disclosed that coach Mick Cronin wouldn’t be coaching thanks to COVID-19 protocols.
UPDATE: UCLA's home game against Alabama State on Wednesday, Dec. 15 will not be played as scheduled due to COVID-19 protocols. pic.twitter.com/nrbAhyyxxw
— UCLA Men’s Basketball (@UCLAMBB) December 16, 2021
No further details were provided. it had been the second game in but fortnight UCLA lost thanks to COVID. Washington had to cancel its Dec. 5 game vs. the Bruins and take a forfeit (and league loss within the Pac-12 standings), per conference rules. UCLA is scheduled to play Saturday against North Carolina within the CBS Sports Classic, the primary game of a doubleheader that’s also scheduled to feature No. 15 Ohio State vs. No. 21 Kentucky.
As COVID has begun to once more disrupt the sports world, with the NFL, NBA, and NHL announcing quite 100 combined confirmed cases in recent weeks, college basketball has also begun to feel the creep of the virus. Earlier on Wednesday, Cleveland State announced it had been happening a COVID pause, becoming the seventh men’s program this season to try to do so — joining Abilene Christian, Georgia State, Nevada, Tulane, Wagner, and Washington.