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Duke Men’s Basketball out of ACC Tournament 2021

The Duke University men’s basketball team won’t keep contending in the 2021 ACC Tournament because of the school’s and conference’s health and safety protocols. The assurance was made after the positive COVID-19 test within an individual from the program’s Tier 1 personnel after Wednesday’s game.

“Unfortunately, after going an entire season with no positive COVID-19 tests among our men’s basketball student-athletes and coaching staff, one member of our program tested positive following Wednesday’s ACC Tournament game in Greensboro. After working with our medical professionals and following Duke and ACC Medical Advisory Group health, safety, and contact tracing protocols, the student-athletes on our team are now in quarantine. Since last March when the pandemic started, we have listened to our medical experts and always put safety at the forefront of any determinations regarding competition. As a result, this will end our 2020-21 season. We wish every team still playing college basketball good health and the very best during the next few weeks.”

“While our season was different than any other that I can remember, I loved the 2020-21 Duke Basketball team and was honored to be their coach. We have not asked more of any team in our history, and they deserve enormous credit for handling everything like the outstanding young men they are. I feel deeply for our players, who have done a terrific job all season in taking care of each other and the team. I am extremely proud of their collective attitudes and effort, which could not have been stronger. We are disappointed we cannot keep fighting together as a group after two outstanding days in Greensboro. This season was a challenge for every team across the country and as we have seen over and over, this global pandemic is very cruel and is not yet over. As many safeguards as we implemented, no one is immune to this terrible virus.”

The Blue Devils had won their initial two games in the ACC Tournament and were set to confront Florida State in the quarterfinals on Thursday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. Duke is 13-11 overall and completed 10th in the ACC with a 9-9 record.

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