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Wake Forest's ACC basketball opener against Virginia postponed, Presbyterian game canceled

Wake Forest's ACC basketball opener against Virginia postponed, Presbyterian game canceled

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Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes calls a play in the second half of the Deacons' 71-60 win over Longwood in an NCAA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal)

Wake Forest's ACC men's basketball opener against Virginia has been postponed, and another non-conference matchup has been affected because of COVID-19 in the program. 

Wake Forest was set to face against No. 15 Virginia, the preseason pick to win the ACC, on Dec. 16. A news release from the ACC said the decision, the first to affect a conference game, was made because of positive tests, quarantining and contact tracing in the Deacons' program.

Athletics director John Currie also announced the cancellation of another game, on Dec. 13 against Presbyterian, which has canceled a game against Wofford this weekend and rescheduled two games with Gardner-Webb.

"And the status of the VMI game on Monday, Dec. 21, is unclear at this time," Currie wrote on the school's web site. "As you can imagine, pausing now after three months without a positive test, and two big wins to start the Coach Forbes era, is frustrating for our student-athletes."

As its schedule sits, Wake Forest (2-0) will go 24 days between its game against Longwood on Nov. 27 and its next scheduled game against VMI on Dec. 21.

On Monday, Wake Forest announced that the program had paused team activities following results for testing earlier that day. That also led to the postponement of a home game against Troy, originally scheduled for Wednesday.

Earlier that day, Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes had said he hoped to add a game for Sunday, but that won't happen.

Wake Forest opened the season with two players, Ody Oguama and JR Mathis, in COVID-19 contact tracing protocol. The Deacons' season-opening opponent in the Wake Forest Classic was Delaware State, which had only eight active players on the bench. The Hornets' game the next day against Longwood was canceled because of a positive COVID-19 test at Joel Coliseum.



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