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College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Baylor set to return to action after lengthy pause

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Baylor announced Tuesday that it will resume play with a home game against Iowa State next Tuesday, Feb. 23, after six postponements. If the No. 2 Bears can play as scheduled against the Cyclones, it will be their first game in three weeks.

At 17-0, Baylor has matched the best start in program history and is on track for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. But as with many programs around the country this season, adherence to COVID-19 guidelines brought a lengthy interruption. So far, two games against West Virginia and games against TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have been postponed for Baylor.

The Bears could make up some of those contests the week between the end of the regular season and the scheduled beginning of the Big 12 Tournament, but the league has not announced a plan for the postponements yet.

Baylor fans worried about how the team’s long layoff might affect their team’s performance shouldn’t worry too much. No. 3 Michigan returned from a 23-day layoff to win on the road Sunday against No. 21 Wisconsin. No. 1 Gonzaga also returned from a 17-day break between games in December to defeat an Iowa team that was ranked No. 3 at the time 99-88 in a neutral-site game.

Even as the postseason fast approaches, pauses, postponements and cancellations continue to happen on a near-daily basis. So below we’re tracking all the notable such transactions in our tracker.

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations

  • Feb. 16: Virginia Tech at North Carolina
  • Feb. 16: South Carolina at Tennessee
  • Feb. 16: TCU at Texas Tech
  • Feb. 17: Clemson at Notre Dame
  • Feb. 17: East Carolina at Houston
  • Feb. 17: Boston College at Georgia Tech
  • Feb. 18: West Virginia at Baylor
  • Feb. 18: Memphis at Wichita State
  • Feb. 18: Texas at Iowa 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
  • Feb. 13: Texas A&M at Florida
  • Feb. 13: Texas Tech at Baylor
  • Feb. 13: Louisville at Virginia Tech
  • Feb. 14: Memphis at Houston
  • Feb. 15: Baylor at West Virginia