Duke women ended basketball season amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Duke women’s basketball team ended its season last Friday amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations and Chief Communications Officer for Duke University, Michael Schoenfeld, said that the student-athletes on their women’s basketball team have made a difficult decision to end their current season due to safety concerns about the ongoing pandemic.

They supported their student-athletes’ decision as they have supported the choices made by all of them during this unprecedented time. Duke will maintain their planned competition schedule in other sports and will continue to observe their rigorous health and safety protocols based on guidance from leading medical experts, including testing for all student-athletes every day.

Meanwhile, the men’s basketball team planned to keep playing.

The women’s basketball team has been on cancellation since December 16 due to two positive coronavirus tests as well as contact tracing within the program’s travel party. The Blue Devils suspended games against UNC Wilmington and Miami, N.C. State. The team’s next scheduled game was against Louisville last Thursday.

The Blue Devils are the first Power Five team to stop playing after this season started. The Ivy League decided to drop out of playing winter sports in November before the season started. Some other schools also opted out of playing.

New coach Kara Lawson said that he didn’t think they should be playing that time. That was one day after Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski had been questioned why college basketball was still taking place a midst of the pandemic.

After a loss to Illinois on Dec. 8, Duke’s Hall of Fame coach said that he would just like for the safety, the physical and mental health of the players and the staff to assess where they were at.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many events to be canceled or suspended in the season. Countless teams have been on pause due to positives tests in their programs.

2020-21 College basketball season schedule: several games delayed due to Covid-19

Here come the first weeks of the 2020-21 college basketball season. However, the sport has seen a slate of games delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The college basketball season has already faced a few snags with some teams already forced to cancel, postpone, or reschedule matchups due to the world health crisis and several multi-team events taking hits as well.

The latest is Maryland’s game vs. Towson on Tuesday was canceled due to positive cases in the Towson program and Saint John’s game vs. Fordham due to a positive, and will not take place at Texas Tech on Thursday, according to the Red Storm.

Now let’s track several notable postponements or cancellations due to the pandemic.

25 November: UTSA at Oklahoma

25 November: Virginia vs. Maine (Uncasville, Connecticut)

25 November: Central Arkansas at Ole MIss

25 November: Gardner-Webb at Duke

25 November: Northern Arizona at Arizona

25-27 November: Creighton at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

25-27 November: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls)

25 November: Western Illinois at DePaul

25 November: UMass Lowell vs. Florida

25 November: Stanford vs. Utah Valley

25 November: Drexel at Penn State

26 November: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire Classic (Uncasville)

26 November: Jackson State vs. Ole Miss

27 November: Arkansas State at Ole Miss

27 November: Baylor at Empire Classic (Uncasville)

27 November: Virginia vs. Florida (Uncasville)

27 November: Florida State vs. Gardner-Webb

28 November: Oklahoma at UCF

28 November: Chicago State at DePaul

29 November: Baylor at Seton Hall

29 November: Gardner-Webb at Georgia

30 November: Belmont Abbey at Charlotte

1 December: Towson at Maryland

1 December: Alcorn State at DePaul

1 December: Vanderbilt vs. Uconn (Uncasville)

3 December: Vanderbilt at Legends Classic (Uncasville)

5 December: Ole Miss at Memphis      

8 December: Fordham at Saint John’s

12 December: Saint John’s at Texas Tech

All games: Ivy League, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Bethune-Cookman (Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Penn, and Yale.) 

2021 Olympic Men’s Basketball: Things You Need to Know

With the Tokyo Summer Olympics postponed to 2021, we now have more time to discuss about Olympic basketball and things that are changed due to the postponement of the event.

How could the postponement of the 2020 Olympic change things?

The biggest difference will be the end of the 2020-21 NBA season. While the 2021 Olympics are the same weeks as the 2020, it is not known what the 2020-21 NBA plan might look like in these unprecedented times. If the NBA season goes a long way, and the brush is approaching the Olympic days, apparently the players will have less time to rest. This is important, because the main reason when healthy athletes bow to Olympic consideration means the need to rest during NBA seasons.

That said, more players can be found in the U.S. Kevin Durant, despite being selected as a finalist, was due to miss the entire 2019-20 NBA season with a broken Achilles, making his Olympic status look different. Other players who were not selected as finalists, at the time, were recovering from serious injuries: Cousins, Blake Griffin and John Wall.

Younger players who can be named as finalists who can get a long look include Zion Williamson.

How was the women’s Olympic basketball team formed, six months before the Games?

The entire Olympic participants were already set – the U.S., Canada, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Australia, Nigeria, Belgium, Serbia, South Korea, China, and Japan. The top nine nations in the world are eligible, the only one being No. 6 Turkey, which has no Olympic history.

The U.S. It seeks the seventh straight Olympic title to match the basketball record held by U.S. national teams from the first seven Olympic tournaments from 1936-68. The American women have won 46 straight matches between the Olympics and the FIBA ​​World Cup which began in 2006, despite losing a spectacle at the University of Oregon in November.

US listing decisions again proved to be difficult. Stalwarts Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi are ready for their fifth Olympics. Maya Moore (focusing on criminal justice reform) and Candace Parker have announced that they are out (More about Parker’s condition here). The biggest question was left over who would succeed as a reliable point guard.