Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team out of Big 12 tournament after positive COVID-19 test

Because of a player testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday morning, the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team has withdrawn from the Big 12 tournament, but still plans on playing in the NCAA Tournament scheduled to start next week.

“Obviously we are disappointed and our players are disappointed that they can’t continue to compete for the Big 12 championship,” Kansas coach Bill Self said Friday in a statement. “While we have been fortunate to avoid this throughout the season, there are daily risks with this virus that everybody participating is trying to avoid.

“We have followed the daily testing and additional protocols that have been setup for us, unfortunately we caught a bad break at the wrong time. I look forward to preparing my team in probably a unique way for next week’s NCAA Tournament.”

Kansas players huddle before a game in February.

The school also said that it will stay in Kansas City, Missouri – the site of the Big 12 tournament – to prepare for the NCAA Tournament and adhere to health and safety guidelines set by the school. As part of NCAA protocols, the team will continue to be tested every day.

Kansas was supposed to play the Texas Longhorns on Friday night in Kansas City, Missouri in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. Instead, Texas will move on to the championship round.

Starting forward David McCormack and reserve guard Tristan Enaruna had already become unavailable from the Big 12 tournament due to COVID-19 protocols, it was announced on the Jayhawks’ official Twitter account.

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