FAU basketball vs. Western Kentucky pushed back due to pandemic

Phillip Suitts
| Palm Beach Post

The coronavirus pandemic has once again altered the schedule of the Florida Atlantic men’s basketball program.

The Owls’ two home games against Western Kentucky have been pushed back two days to Sunday and Monday, respectively, after multiple members of the Western Kentucky travel party demonstrated COVID-19 symptoms on Thursday, according to an FAU release.

While those people later tested negative on Thursday, the Hilltoppers remain in Kentucky and will undergo another round of PCR swab tests for COVID-19 on Friday. If those tests are negative, Western Kentucky will travel to Florida on Saturday.

Everyone in the Western Kentucky travel party had tested negative for COVID-19 on PCR swab tests Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the release.

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Tip-off is now set for noon Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday at FAU Arena. Both games will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

Already, FAU (8-7 overall, 3-3 Conference USA) has had four Conference USA games postponed due to COVID-19, two at Middle Tennessee and two at Marshall. Head coach Dusty May also missed FAU’s last two games, against Charlotte on Jan. 22-23, due to COVID protocols after a member of his family tested positive for the coronavirus. 

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