Loyola Athletics announced the cancellation of two upcoming men’s basketball matchups via press release Dec. 17 due to “positive COVID-19 results within the Ramblers’ program.” Associate Athletics Director Bill Behrns said “multiple” tests were returned positive.
The two games — a home matchup against Norfolk State University Dec. 19 and an away game at Davidson University Dec. 22 — will reportedly not be rescheduled, according to the press release.
Behrns said with multiple tests turning up positive caused the games to be canceled altogether as opposed to a few people sitting out. He said the cases were within Tier 1 personnel, which according to the NCAA could include athletes, coaches, trainers and other close contact individuals.
Behrns said the team is not expecting any other cancellations besides the two games.
The Loyola COVID-19 dashboard reports a 6.04% seven-day moving average positivity rate on campus as of Dec. 16, its highest in over a year. The dashboard reflects the results of Loyola-provided testing only.
The Ramblers are set to play their next matchup at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale Jan. 2 to officially kick off Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and the game is set to be broadcast on ESPNU.