COVID-19 concerns postpones Notre Dame at Syracuse men's hoops game

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

Monday's plan for the Notre Dame men's basketball team called for a practice and a charter flight to Central New York for Tuesday's Atlantic Coast Conference game against Syracuse.

By noon, those plans had changed, and the game was off.

The conference contest was postponed Monday morning because of coronavirus issues within the Syracuse program. The ACC made the announcement shortly after noon.

There was no immediate word of when the game will be rescheduled. Tuesday was the teams' only meeting in the 20-game conference schedule.

Early Monday afternoon, Notre Dame added a home game against Bellarmine for Wednesday. That game against a program in its first season in Division I tips at noon.

Syracuse is coming off an overtime victory Saturday at home against Buffalo. The Bulls reported one positive test Sunday from its program, which means contact tracing issues for the Orange.

Syracuse played a game earlier this month without five players, who either tested positive or were involved in contact tracing.

For Notre Dame, it's the first ACC game and the fourth game overall affected by COVID-19. All four have been as a result of issues with opposing teams.

It's the first time an Irish game has been canceled since the Dec. 5 home game against Purdue Fort Wayne was wiped out because of virus issues.

Notre Dame now is idle until the Dec. 30 home game against No. 16 Virginia. There's a slight chance Notre Dame could add a home game this weekend, but that was uncertain as of Monday afternoon.

There is no plan for the players to return home for Christmas during an 11-day break from games.

Notre Dame (2-4) has played six games in four different locations since opening the season Nov. 28. It has not had a positive test for any player or coach or team personnel.

Notre Dame and Syracuse will not play Tuesday in Central New York after coronavirus issues within the Orange program surfaced Monday.