COVID-19 positive forces Duke out of ACC basketball tournament; Blue Devils’ season likely over

Duke has pulled out of the ACC tournament due to a positive COVID-19 case within the program, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the school had not yet publicly announced the news.

Duke, which was considered a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament needing another win or two to secure a spot in the field, was slated to play Florida State on Thursday evening in Greensboro, N.C. That means the Blue Devils’ season is likely over at 13-11 unless they accept a bid to the NIT.

Duke hasn’t missed the NCAA Tournament since 1995.

The positive case now becomes an issue to monitor for Louisville, which lost to Duke 70-56 on Wednesday night. Louisville is hoping to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and is within the NCAA required period of seven straight negative COVID-19 tests for participants next week in Indianapolis.

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