Duke out of ACC tournament after positive COVID-19 result within program

March 11, 2021 9:20 pm by Web Desk

Duke is out of the ACC tournament after a positive COVID-19 test within the program, the conference announced on Thursday morning.

The Blue Devils were scheduled to play Florida State in the ACC quarterfinals on Thursday.

The cancelation “follows a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Duke men’s basketball program,” a statement from the ACC read. “The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com”

Florida State will advance to the tournament’s semifinal round to play the winner of tonight’s North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech game that will now tip at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Duke beat Louisville 70-56 on Wednesday to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive. The Blue Devils moved into Joe Lunardi’s Next Four Out in his latest Bracketology; they needed to beat Florida State and perhaps get another win to receive an at-large bid on Sunday.

With Duke dropping out of the ACC tournament, though, it’s unlikely the Blue Devils will make the NCAA tournament. It would be their first NCAA tournament absence since 1995.

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