Louisville basketball will have to wait even longer until their next game can be played.
On Sunday afternoon, the University of Louisville put out a press release stating that the Louisville basketball game against NC State that was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16 has been postponed due to Covid issues at Louisville.
The assumption was heading into this week that the game would be decided based on NC State’s timeline for resuming team activities ahead of Wednesday. The Wolfpack basketball program originally announced that the team was on pause due to Covid-related matters on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
NC State has not announced anything indicating that their program has resumed their activities.
Louisville looked set to play the game after a week long pause spanning from Dec. 3 – Dec. 10. However, the ACC does not sound prepared to let the Cardinals get back to game action just yet.
This is an interesting development since the Cardinals have been practicing for the last few days. It’s hard to pinpoint the reasoning for the ACC disallowing the game to be played, but it could be occurring due to the program still dealing with a fair amount of people with positive tests and contact tracing.
Whatever the case may be, the ACC clearly does not feel comfortable with Louisville playing any games just yet. This will eventually cause rifts in the Cardinals’ scheduling plans as they have now missed out on three game opportunities over the course of the last ten days with more possibly suffering the same fate.
There is no telling when the program may get back to playing games with the team only being able to get through four contests before they were forced to pause activities on Dec. 3.
Louisville’s next scheduled game as of right now is a Dec. 22 contest against Pittsburgh. However, the Cardinals could easily fit another game in to that timeframe if the ACC considers them healthy and safe enough to do so.
A 4-0 record to start the season has now been stunted due to a 12 day absence that will now be extending to over two weeks without any sort of game action.
One thing to keep an eye on when the team finally gets back to their games is if they are taken out of their rhythm that they seemed to have created early on in the 2020 season.
The scheduling challenges are far from over. Expect a lot of change in dates, times, and more over the next couple of months.
Nothing about the 2020-21 season will be normal.