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College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Maine opts out of the rest of the season

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The Maine men’s basketball team on Saturday opted out of the remainder of its 2020-2021 season, citing “challenges related to COVID-19.” It is the second college basketball team this week to suspend its season because of pandemic challenges, joining Howard, which did so on Feb. 9.

“The team reached a final decision on Feb. 12,” Maine said in a statement. “President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Director of Athletics Ken Ralph were informed and are in support of the decision. A team meeting with athletic administrators followed to outline the support available to team members as they navigate the rest of the year.”

The Black Bears (2-7) had not been cleared for practice or competition since Jan. 17. Howard (1-4) hadn’t played since Dec. 18. Both were forced to postpone numerous games because of COVID issues and ultimately pulled the plug early.

“Our players’ safety and well-being will always come first,” said Maine coach Richard Barron. “We simply could not safely put a team on the floor over the next few weeks or safely return players to playing after over six weeks off. Despite the challenges we’ve faced this year, we remain grateful for the opportunities we have here at UMaine and eagerly look forward to representing Black Bear Nation again soon.”

The season-ending decisions are just the latest milestone events to affect the season as postseason play fast approaches. So between season suspensions, postponed and canceled games, we’re tracking all the developments below.

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations

  • Feb. 13: Texas A&M at Florida
  • Feb. 13: Texas Tech at Baylor
  • Feb. 13: Louisville at Virginia Tech
  • Feb. 15: Baylor at West Virginia
  • Feb. 16: Virginia Tech at North Carolina
  • Feb. 18: West Virginia at Baylor
  • Feb. 18: Memphis at Wichita State

TEAMS NOT COMPETING IN 2020-21

  • Bethune-Cookman
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Chicago State (suspended season after 0-9 start, citing decision to “focus on the health, safety, and academic pursuits of the Men’s Basketball student-athletes.”)
  • Howard (suspended season on Feb. 9)
  • Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale
  • Maine (opted out on Feb. 13)

OTHER POSTPONEMENTS

  • CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

Previous notable postponements or cancellations

  • Nov. 25: UTSA and Oklahoma
  • Nov. 25: Virginia vs. Maine (Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Nov. 25: Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 25: Gardner-Webb at Duke — rescheduled for Dec. 19, then canceled
  • Nov. 25: Northern Arizona at Arizona
  • Nov. 25-27: Creighton at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Nov. 25-27: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls)
  • Nov. 25: Western Illinois at DePaul
  • Nov. 25: UMass Lowell vs. Florida
  • Nov. 25: Stanford vs. Utah Valley
  • Nov. 25: Drexel at Penn State
  • Nov. 26: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire Classic (Uncasville)
  • Nov. 26: Jackson State vs. Ole Miss
  • Nov. 27: Arkansas State at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 27; Baylor at Empire Classic (Uncasville)
  • Nov. 27: Virginia vs. Florida (Uncasville)
  • Nov. 27: Florida State vs. Gardner-Webb — rescheduled for Dec. 21
  • Nov. 28 Oklahoma at UCF
  • Nov. 28: Chicago State at DePaul
  • Nov. 29: Baylor at Seton Hall
  • Nov. 29: Gardner-Webb at Georgia
  • Nov. 30: Long Beach State at UCLA
  • Nov. 30: Belmont Abbey at Charlotte
  • Dec. 1: Towson at Maryland
  • Dec. 1: Alcorn State at DePaul
  • Dec. 1: Vanderbilt vs. UConn (Uncasville)
  • Dec. 2: Colorado at Arizona — rescheduled for Dec. 28
  • Dec. 3: Vanderbilt at Legends Classic (Uncasville)
  • Dec. 4: UNC Greensboro at Louisville
  • Dec. 4: Florida A&M at South Florida
  • Dec. 5: Gonzaga vs. Baylor (Indianapolis)
  • Dec. 5: NC State vs. UConn: (Uncasville)
  • Dec. 5: Alabama A&M at Ohio State
  • Dec. 5: James Madison at Maryland
  • Dec. 5: UT-Martin at Illinois
  • Dec. 5: Purdue-Fort Wayne at Notre Dame
  • Dec. 5: Ole Miss at Memphis
  • Dec. 6: Florida A&M at Nebraska
  • Dec. 6: DePaul at Iowa State
  • Dec. 8: Fordham at Saint John’s
  • Dec. 8: Tarleton State at Gonzaga
  • Dec. 9: Louisville at Wisconsin
  • Dec. 9: Michigan State at Virginia
  • Dec. 9: NC State at Michigan
  • Dec. 9: Robert Morris at West Virginia
  • Dec. 10: Southern at Gonzaga
  • Dec. 11: Saint John’s at UConn
  • Dec. 12: Xavier at Providence
  • Dec. 12: Northern Arizona at Gonzaga
  • Dec. 12: Charleston Southern at Duke
  • Dec. 12: Saint John’s at Texas Tech
  • Dec. 13: Stanford at USC
  • Dec. 13: SIU-Edwardsville at Northwestern
  • Dec. 13: Texas at Baylor
  • Dec. 13: William & Mary at Virginia
  • Dec. 13: UConn at Georgetown
  • Dec. 15: Tarleton State at Baylor
  • Dec. 15: Detroit at Kentucky
  • Dec. 15: Seton Hall at Xavier
  • Dec. 16: NC State at Louisville
  • Dec. 16: Northern Iowa at Wisconsin
  • Dec. 18: Xavier at DePaul
  • Dec. 17: DePaul at Providence
  • Dec. 19: Virginia vs. Villanova (at Madison Square Garden)
  • Dec. 19: Gardner-Webb at Duke
  • Dec. 19: Houston at Alabama
  • Dec. 19: South Carolina at Clemson
  • Dec. 21: San Diego at Arizona
  • Dec. 22: Notre Dame at Syracuse
  • Dec. 22: VCU at LSU
  • Dec. 22: UNLV at Wyoming
  • Dec. 23: UCLA at Oregon
  • Dec. 23: South Carolina State at South Carolina
  • Dec. 23: UConn at DePaul
  • Dec. 29: South Carolina at Kentucky
  • Dec. 30: Syracuse at Wake Forest
  • Dec. 31: San Diego State at UNLV
  • Jan. 2: North Carolina at Syracuse (rescheduled for Jan. 12)
  • Jan. 2: DePaul at St. John’s
  • Jan. 2: Arizona State at Washington
  • Jan. 2: Memphis at Temple
  • Jan. 2: Virginia Tech at Virginia
  • Jan. 2: San Diego State at UNLV
  • Jan. 3: Wisconsin at Penn State
  • Jan. 4: San Diego State at UNLV
  • Jan. 5: Villanova at DePaul
  • Jan. 5: Memphis at UCF
  • Jan. 5: Nebraska at Purdue
  • Jan. 6: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
  • Jan. 6: UMass at George Washington
  • Jan. 6: Penn State at Ohio State
  • Jan. 6: Oregon State at Utah
  • Jan. 6: Temple at Tulane
  • Jan. 7: Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara
  • Jan. 8: Villanova vs. Marquette
  • Jan. 9: Florida State at Pittsburgh
  • Jan. 9: Clemson at North Carolina
  • Jan. 9: South Carolina at Ole Miss
  • Jan. 9: Oregon State at Colorado
  • Jan. 9: LSU at Missouri
  • Jan. 9: Virginia Tech at Louisville
  • Jan. 9: Michigan at Penn State
  • Jan. 12: Clemson at Syracuse
  • Jan. 12: West Virginia at Baylor
  • Jan. 12: Vanderbilt at Missouri
  • Jan. 12: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
  • Jan. 12: Tennessee at South Carolina
  • Jan. 13: Illinois at Nebraska
  • Jan. 13: DePaul at Georgetown
  • Jan. 13: Iowa State at Kansas State
  • Jan. 13: Villanova at Xavier
  • Jan. 14: Michigan State at Iowa
  • Jan. 14: SMU at Memphis
  • Jan. 14: Arizona State at Oregon
  • Jan. 14: Houston at South Florida
  • Jan. 16: Iowa State at Kansas
  • Jan. 16: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
  • Jan. 16: Georgia Tech at NC State
  • Jan. 16: Georgetown at Providence
  • Jan. 16: Arizona at Oregon
  • Jan. 16: TCU at West Virginia
  • Jan. 16: Xavier at Seton Hall
  • Jan. 17: Wichita State at SMU
  • Jan. 17: Indiana at Michigan State
  • Jan. 18: Notre Dame at Howard
  • Jan. 19: Oklahoma State at West Virginia
  • Jan. 19: UCLA at Oregon
  • Jan. 20: Texas at Iowa State
  • Jan. 20: Texas Tech at TCU
  • Jan. 20: NC State at Virginia
  • Jan. 20: Boston College at Virginia Tech
  • Jan. 20: Nebraska at Minnesota
  • Jan. 20: Xavier at UConn
  • Jan. 20: Georgetown at Marquette
  • Jan. 20: East Carolina at South Florida
  • Jan. 20: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt
  • Jan. 20: SMU at Tulane
  • Jan. 20: Cincinnati at Temple
  • Jan. 21: USC at Stanford
  • Jan. 22: Seton Hall at Butler
  • Jan. 23: Texas at TCU
  • Jan. 23: Iowa State at Texas Tech
  • Jan. 23: Illinois at Michigan State
  • Jan. 23: Tulane at Tulsa
  • Jan. 23: Pittsburgh at Boston College
  • Jan. 24: Nebraska at Iowa
  • Jan. 24: South Florida at Wichita State
  • Jan. 26: Georgetown at Xavier
  • Jan. 27: Wichita State at Cincinnati
  • Jan. 27: Temple at South Florida
  • Jan. 27: Boston College at Clemson
  • Jan. 28: Villanova at UConn
  • Jan. 28: Oregon at UCLA
  • Jan. 30: San Francisco at BYU
  • Jan. 30: St. Bonaventure at Davidson
  • Jan. 30: Indiana at Michigan
  • Jan. 30: Boston College at Louisville
  • Jan. 30: Cincinnati at South Florida
  • Jan. 30: Oregon at USC
  • Jan. 31: UConn at St. John’s
  • Feb. 1: Oregon at UCLA
  • Feb. 2: Kentucky at Missouri (moved to Feb. 3)
  • Feb. 2: Florida State at Boston College
  • Feb. 3: Louisville at Syracuse
  • Feb. 3: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M
  • Feb. 3: Xavier at DePaul
  • Feb. 3: Michigan at Northwestern
  • Feb. 4: Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
  • Feb. 6: TCU at Baylor
  • Feb. 6: Florida at LSU
  • Feb. 6: Florida State at Pittsburgh
  • Feb. 6: Santa Clara at Gonzaga
  • Feb. 6: Michigan State at Michigan
  • Feb. 7: Xavier at Villanova
  • Feb. 9: Florida State at Virginia Tech
  • Feb. 10: Georgia at Texas A&M
  • Feb. 10: Pittsburgh at Louisville
  • Feb. 10: Baylor at Oklahoma
  • Feb. 11: Gonzaga at Santa Clara
  • Feb. 11: Illinois at Michigan
  • Feb. 11: DePaul at Xavier
  • Feb. 11: Pittsburgh at Louisville
  • Feb. 11: Saint Mary’s at BYU
  • Feb. 11: Cincinnati at Memphis