April 23, 2021

DCTRS

Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Positive coronavirus test forces USC men’s basketball to pause

A confirmed case of COVID-19 has caused USC’s men’s basketball program to pause team activities and forced the team’s Sunday night Pac-12 opener against Stanford to be postponed, according to a university statement released less than three hours before the game was scheduled to tip off at the Galen Center.

The statement did not disclose who had tested positive, but did note that the individual “was identified prior to contact with anyone expected to participate in tonight’s game.”

“USC Student Health and the USC athletic medicine staff will conduct contact tracing,” the statement said, later adding: “The individual who tested positive has been isolated. The Pac-12 Conference has been alerted.”

The conference will now work with both schools to attempt to find a date to reschedule the contest. The status of USC’s next two games — a home meeting with San Francisco scheduled for Wednesday and road trip to Oregon State on Dec. 20 — remains unclear, with the school stating that additional information will be provided at a later time.

Sunday’s game at the Galen Center was supposed to be the first of a 20-game conference slate for the Trojans, who have begun the season 4-1.