Duke’s Season Appears To Be Over Following Positive COVID Test

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It sounds strange to say this early in March, but it appears the Duke basketball season has reached an end.

Per reports, the Blue Devils are withdrawing from the ACC Tournament following a positive COVID-19 test result. Duke is currently 13-11 overall and 9-9 in the ACC — hardly the type of record that will result in an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. The entire field will be announced Sunday.

Sadly for Duke, things had been picking up lately. The program won its first two games in the ACC Tourney, upending Louisville on Wednesday to advance.

As an aside, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski decided against having the team stay in Greensboro for the ACC games. Instead, they were making a daily commute from Durham.

Duke was scheduled to play Florida State on Thursday in the next round. Now, the Seminoles will receive a forfeit and advance to the semifinals.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. It’s unfortunate that the seniors go out this way. It’s unfortunate for the players wanting to maximize their college playing career. It’s fortune for Coach K as he won’t risk his coaching legacy having a sub-500 ACC record type year and a potential .500 season record (if they go to NIT). So one out of 3 is a good batting average in baseball I guess.

    I appreciate Bill Self willing to play in the Big12 tourney with one starter and another player benched due to Covid but the rest of the team available. OSU beat WV with their two starting guards out of the lineup last Sunday and no one giving them a chance. That’s true competitiveness that is inspiring.

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