CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The game between the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech scheduled for January 2, has been postponed after a positive COVID-19 test from a UVA Basketball staff member.
The program shared the announcement from the ACC on twitter.
UVA was looking to build off of Wednesday’s win against Notre Dame. Coaches and players talked about the matchup ahead of Friday’s postponement announcement.
“It’s tougher I mean you don’t have that home court advantage, so to say,” Junior Guard Kihei Clark said. “It’s kind of like a scrimmage where it’s an empty crowd.”
Clark says when preparing for the instate rival, nothing changes.
“It’s just like another game coming up, and we just always have to be focused anyone in the ACC is capable,” Clark said.
Head Coach Tony Bennett agrees: “We’re in ACC play now everything steps up.”
Both teams would have entered the game with undefeated ACC records. The Hokies stand at 2-0 in the ACC with a most recent win against Miami.
“They’re hard to guard, they work hard, they’re well coached, and certainly respect the job they’re doing and you’re gonna have to bring energy,” Bennett said.
That mentality will have to hold for when the game can happen.
“It’s gonna be like any other game the focus is going to be the same,” Clark said. “Of course you want to beat Virginia Tech though, but I’m not going to be like any other game to focus has got to be pinpoint, and we just got to go out there and do we do like every other game.”
At this point, the Commonwealth Clash between the Cavaliers and the Hokies is postponed, and no makeup date has been scheduled yet.