Virginia waits by itself NCAA bubble as COVID take a look at knocks Cavaliers out of ACC Event

Virginia could also be on the worst NCAA Event bubble ever.

This isn’t in regards to the high quality of the Cavaliers’ play. They’re the 2020-21 regular-season champions of the Atlantic Coast Convention. They’re No. 13 within the NCAA Analysis Instrument, also referred to as the NET rankings. They have been scheduled to play Friday within the ACC Event semifinals.

Sure, that’s proper. We modified the tenses on you there. UVa’s game towards Georgia Tech was canceled due to a constructive COVID-19 take a look at inside the Cavaliers’ program, and now their standing is unsure for the NCAA Event, the place they technically are defending champions as a result of they gained in 2019 and no event was held in 2020.

“I am hurting for our gamers, particularly our seniors,” coach Tony Bennett stated in a press release launched to the media. “I instructed our younger males they’ve each motive to be dissatisfied, however it nonetheless crucial how they select to reply.

“We’re exhausting all choices to take part within the NCAA Event.”

The Cavaliers usually are not robotically excluded from competing within the NCAAs. However although a workforce with Virginia’s document would make sure to be on the bracket in an odd season, neither is it a lock that they’ll be in Indianapolis subsequent week with 67 different groups.

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This was from the doc offered to all aspiring NCAA Event groups in late January:

“Starting roughly Saturday, March 6, all people within the official journey occasion of 34 would require seven consecutive each day damaging COVID-19 exams previous to arrival in Indianapolis.

“If a participant exams constructive previous to arrival into Indianapolis, or is decided to be an in depth contact, they are going to be managed by the native public well being authority and can’t journey to Indianapolis till their interval of isolation or quarantine is accomplished.”

So quite a lot of this comes right down to what number of people are deemed “shut contacts” of the one who examined constructive, and in addition to what number of would possibly take a look at constructive earlier than the Cavaliers workforce aircraft could be scheduled to depart for IND.

As an example, if a workforce reminiscent of UVa can guarantee the NCAA that it has 5 eligible gamers who wouldn’t fall into both of these classes, it nonetheless could possibly be included within the area. And if a few of those that are unable to make the preliminary journey fall solely into the “shut contact” class, it’s conceivable that group may make the journey at a later date — the timing depending on what these “native public well being” officers deemed needed.

This isn’t essentially a complication for the NCAA Event choice committee. It has set an 11 p.m. Saturday deadline for groups to tell the NCAA that their medical state of affairs wouldn’t allow sending a workforce to Indianapolis.

That leaves loads of time for committee members to regulate the seed listing, if needed, and to compile the official bracket once they start work on Sunday.

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There is also a longtime protocol if a workforce have been to imagine itself to be in place to journey for the event after which study, simply previous to departure or quickly after arrival, that it had constructive exams that might preclude it from competing. The NCAA will designate groups No. 69-72 as subsequent in line ought to a workforce that was chosen as an at-large entrant be compelled to withdraw from the championship. As long as that happens earlier than March 16 at 6 p.m., the workforce or groups that might be subsequent in line could be eligible to enter the event on the seed line to which the withdrawing workforce had been assigned.

The ACC has had a tough 12 months in making an attempt to compete through the pandemic. In accordance with analysis compiled by Taylor Eldridge of the Wichita Eagle, the ACC had accomplished 81.3 p.c of its games with per week left within the common season, twenty third amongst Division I conferences.

Virginia grew to become the second ACC workforce in as many days to withdraw from the convention event. Duke did the identical previous to a quarterfinal game towards Florida State due to a constructive take a look at and subsequent contact tracing. The Blue Devils selected to finish their season at that time. They’d have been unlikely to be chosen for the NCAAs with out additional accomplishment within the ACC Event. 

“I’m heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and help workers at each Duke and Virginia,” new ACC commissioner Jim Phillips stated in a press release launched to the media. “Our groups have labored extremely arduous and sacrificed a lot all through this season. We proceed to be led by our ACC Medical Advisory Group and the protocols put in place which have allowed our groups to soundly compete through the 2020-21 season. We are going to comply with the lead of our medical personnel to make sure the well being and security of our applications stay the highest precedence. Our student-athletes and faculties have been outstanding this complete season whereas enduring extremely difficult circumstances.”

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