Bearcats to host Ashland after game vs. Texas Southern was canceled due to COVID-19 issues

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Cincinnati head coach Wes Miller motions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.
Cincinnati head coach Wes Miller motions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo.

COVID-19 forced the cancellation of a University of Cincinnati men's basketball game for the first time this season.

Cincinnati's men's basketball game against Texas Southern scheduled for noon Saturday at Fifth Third Arena was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Tigers program.

The Bearcats, who had seven games either postponed or canceled last season due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now host Division II Ashland (Ohio) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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Saturday's matchup against the Eagles (5-3) will be the second game of a three-game homestand for UC (8-3) before it opens American Athletic Conference play Dec. 28 at No. 14 Houston.

Cincinnati is scheduled to host Tennessee Tech, featuring former UC forward Mamoudou Diarra, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Friday's cancellation happened a day after Ohio State's scheduled men's basketball game against Kentucky on Saturday in Las Vegas was canceled due to multiple COVID-19 positive tests within the Buckeyes program.

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The NFL also decided to reschedule Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Raiders to Monday after a large portion of the Browns roster tested positive for COVID-19.

The NFL also moved Sunday’s games between the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Rams to Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati basketball: UC's game against TSU canceled due to COVID-19

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