UVA ACC tournament game canceled due to COVID-19

Virginia Tech's Keve Aluma (22) is guarded by Virginia's Sam Hauser  (10) and Sam Hauser  (10)...
Virginia Tech's Keve Aluma (22) is guarded by Virginia's Sam Hauser (10) and Sam Hauser (10) during the second half of the University of Virginia - Virginia Tech NCAA college basketball game in Blacksburg Va. Saturday January 30 2021. (AP Photo / MATT GENRTY, The Roanoke Times, Pool)(MATT GENTRY PHOTOS, THE ROANOKE TIMES | (AP Photo / MATT GENRTY, The Roanoke Times, Pool))
Updated: Mar. 12, 2021 at 11:08 AM EST
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia ACC Tournament semifinal game has been canceled.

The positive test was announced Friday morning, just hours before the team was set to take the court for the ACC Tournament Semifinal against the Yellow Jackets. The cancellation dashes any hopes the Cavs had about pairing an ACC Tournament title with their regular-season crown.

“It is unfortunate the ACC Tournament has concluded for us, but we have turned our attention to the NCAA Tournament,” University of Virginia Athletic Director Carla Williams said in a statement.

How many players on the roster are impacted remains to be seen. It’s unclear if the team will have enough to move on to the tournament. In a statement, UVA Head Coach Tony Bennett says everything is still on the table.

“We went from an exhilarating game-winning shot to beat Syracuse to a gut punch regarding the positive COVID-19 test within our program. I’m hurting for our players, especially our seniors,” Bennett said. “I told our young men they have every reason to be disappointed, but it is still very important how they choose to respond.”

The mood on the UVA Corner among UVA fans and students is somber.

“It’s definitely a bummer, you know. You don’t want a repeat of last year where they didn’t get to compete at all,” Third Year Sam Book said. “After such a great year, you don’t want it to end this way.”

“It was something not that I expected, but after seeing what happened to Duke, It was something that I knew could potentially happen,” First Year Sam Liss explained.

Some worry that the season might be over due to close contacts so close to the tournament.

“I think I read that it’ll be a week from now and they’ll have to test negative every day,” Second Year Samarth Saksena said. “Since they were all together yesterday, it doesn’t look too good.”

The Cavs were looking to win their first ACC Tournament title since 2018. Senior Jay Huff is the only player left from that team, but it’s clear the Cavaliers aren’t ready to send Huff and his fellow seniors off just yet.

Georgia Tech now advances to the ACC Tournament championship game and will play the winner of the Florida State vs. North Carolina game that will be played at 8:30 p.m.

The cancellation comes a day after Duke withdrew from the tournament due to its own COVID-19 positive test.

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