Duke cancels game amid rise in COVID-19 cases


"This is the best decision we could make as a program, in making sure that we are doing the right thing for our players", coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I mean everyone is concerned". The virus has created chaos in the sport, with most teams not having fans and some of the biggest programs - from Virginia to Louisville to Gonzaga - having to pause their seasons due to the virus.

To date, there are more than 16 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, resulting in the deaths of over 299,000 people, including more than 2,900 new deaths yesterday. Basically it was more of a mentality - get as many games in as possible. Later that evening, Collins' mentor and former coach, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, revealed he felt similarly. "They're not as anxious about the game we're playing right now". Oats asked at a news conference. It comes just two days after an 83-68 loss to No. 6 IL, the Blue Devils' second nonconference loss in a week's time.

Duke has scuttled its remaining nonconference schedule, per a news release attributing the move to an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 and to allow players time to spend with their families over the holidays.

"Here's my deal on it, we would have a lot more problems if we weren't playing games".

"Just for safety, we're not gonna play any non-conference games", Krzyzewski said in a video released on social media. "I also think there's been a lot of safety measures that a lot of people have attempted to do".

Games that count in the ACC regular-season standings are scheduled to start next week. The game is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Schools are preparing to keep their players on campus over the holiday break to limit them from coronavirus exposure so the games can be played.

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"Nobody bats 1,000. Of course there's been some unfortunate cancellations and things like that, but I would think they would be much much higher if we didn't have all these protocols in place and if we weren't playing games, at least from our own team's perspective", Self added.

"I would just like for the safety, the mental and physical health of players and staff to assess where we're at", said Krzyzewski, according to ESPN after an 83-68 loss to IL. Many Twitter users said it was just excuses for Duke's poor start.

Meanwhile, Krzyzewski said Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes told him via text this week that five Demon Deacons players have tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to one of Forbes' sons.

The Blue Devils' shooting struggles behind the 3-point line popped up again as they missed their first 12 attempts before DJ Steward finally hit one with 12:33 to play.

"Well, should we not reassess that, you know?" he said. "See just what would be best?"

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