College basketball: Arizona State, Xavier have games postponed for COVID-19 issues

Feb. 3 (UPI) — Arizona State’s men’s basketball team has postponed its next two games due to a “recent COVID-19 development” within the program, the school announced.

The Sun Devils were scheduled for road games on Thursday at Colorado and on Sunday at Utah before the games were postponed on Tuesday. The Pac-12 conference will attempt to reschedule those games.

Colorado now has had six schedule changes this season due to COVID-19 issues. Utah also has had several game postponements or cancellations because of COVID-19.

Arizona State previously postponed five other games. The Sun Devils beat Stanford 79-75 on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. Stanford hosted USC on Tuesday in Stanford, Calif.

“Arizona State has and will continue to make every attempt possible to play previously postponed games vs. Utah (Dec. 22 and then Feb. 2), at Washington (Dec. 29), at Washington State (Dec. 31) and at Oregon (Jan. 14),” Arizona State said in a news release.

The Sun Devils’ next scheduled game is against Oregon on Feb. 11 in Tempe.

The Big East conference also announced Tuesday that the Xavier-Villanova men’s basketball game — scheduled for Sunday — also has been postponed because of “COVID-19 issues” within Xavier’s program.

Xavier announced Monday that it had a positive COVID-19 test. The Musketeers played Butler on Saturday after a 20-day hiatus from the court due to COVID-19 issues within its program and within opponents’ programs.

Saint Joseph’s, St. Bonaventure, Florida State, Boston College, DePaul, Kentucky, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Central Michigan also have had men’s basketball games postponed this week because of positive COVID-19 tests, quarantines and contact tracing.