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Tuesday's Creighton-Providence basketball game postponed due to COVID
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Tuesday's Creighton-Providence basketball game postponed due to COVID

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Jon Nyatawa discusses how the Jays will have to rebound quickly after a tough weekend.

Creighton’s return to its home floor will have to wait at least another week.

The Big East announced Tuesday — just six hours before tipoff — that CU’s game against Providence had been postponed because of COVID issues within the Friars program.

League officials will work to reschedule the game. If they can’t find a new date, it’ll be logged as a no-contest.

This is CU’s third conference game this season impacted by COVID, all within the past four weeks and all because of issues with Creighton’s opponent.

The DePaul game originally scheduled for Dec. 20 was moved to Feb. 17, and the Georgetown game originally scheduled for Dec. 28 was moved to Feb. 14.

Creighton’s next game is Saturday at No. 17 Xavier. CU hasn’t played since Wednesday’s 75-41 loss to Villanova.

“Tough news as we were fired up to be back in front of the best fans in the nation,” CU coach Greg McDermott said on Twitter. “I’m hopeful the Friars get healthy soon. Stay safe everyone.”

It’s been nearly a month since the Jays last suited up for a game inside the CHI Health Center. Monday’s practice was the first time they’d been in the building since their 79-59 win over then-No. 9 Villanova on Dec. 17.

You have to go back to the 1987-88 campaign to find the last time Creighton went 25 days or more between home games during the same season. That year, the Jays had a stretch with 33 days between home games.

Their next home game is scheduled for Jan. 19 against St. John’s.

The test now for Creighton will be to stay sharp.

The Jays went 15 days between games during the Christmas holiday, so they’ve dealt with it before. Now they’ll have at least a 10-day break. And McDermott said Monday that the cancellations and postponements can take a toll on a team’s mentality.

“Those breaks are difficult,” McDermott said Monday. “I think they’re difficult for the teams that are going through (COVID), obviously. But they’re equally difficult for teams that are healthy and could be playing, but can’t play. That was a challenge for our guys. Hopefully, we’ve moved past that.”

They hope to find out Saturday at Xavier.

Providence is the sixth Big East team that’s been forced to initiate the league’s COVID postponement procedures because it hasn’t had at least seven healthy scholarship players (and one coach) available to play its scheduled game. As of Monday, the conference had postponed 11 of its 30 conference games (36.7%) because of COVID.


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