All teams are, of course, trying to keep the virus at bay. Ironically, teams that have been lucky or cautious in recent weeks are paying the price for their success. Duke, who dropped out of the ACC tournament – ending his hopes of a win in the NCAA tournament – did so after his first positive test of the season. Other teams such as Iona, which has 10 players and two coaches (including Rick Pitino) who contracted the virus in the last three months, have fewer concerns.
VCU was able to play 26 games in early January with only two days of interruption.
“I hate to say this – I don’t think the stagnations are good, but they can bless in disguise that the poses better make sure you have a healthy NCAA tournament,” Sway said.
The Cavaliers had very worrying moments against Eastern Washington. McCormack, who hoped to restrict himself to 7-10 minutes per half, started the game on the bench. Two minutes into the game, Sway called a deadline to send him to the game with Kans 9–0.
The Jehawks trailed by 10 in the second half, then won with a huge contribution from McCormack, who scored 22 points, including the Jayhawks 8 points after the first halftime. Kansas would have to go to Southern California last Monday to bring Wilson back.
Sway said there is a team mantra that they are always enough, but “I am not sure it is to go deep into the tournament; we should be a full complement of our people.”
It was a crushed text for Georgia Tech the day before.
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pester was shedding tears in the locker room following his team’s 71–60 defeat at Loyola-Chicago on Friday. The Yellow Jackets celebrated an Atlantic Coast Conference championship last Saturday night, sealing their first NCAA tournament berth since 2010. The next day, they found out that their anchor, Wright, had tested positive for the virus, making them the third team in the conference. Has a positive test. Wright traveled to Indianapolis separately this week, but was under quarantine. His partner, Jose Alvarado, wore his No. 5 uniform.
“I also cannot express the pressure and the swing of the high. It has been overshadowed at times because you don’t do that,” said the pastor, his voice closing.