A round of COVID-19 testing on Sunday will determine whether the Buckeyes can return to action against UT Martin on Tuesday.
Ohio State was forced to cancel Saturday’s matchup with Kentucky at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the program. According to a report by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the Buckeyes will test again on Sunday before making one last phone call about their upcoming match-up with the Skyhawks, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Ohio State will test for COVID again on Sunday and then make a decision on status for Tuesday’s game against UT Martin, according to a school spokesperson. Buckeyes was initially scheduled to play in Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic today.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 18, 2021
After Tuesday’s game, the Buckeyes are not scheduled to return to the hardwoods until the following Tuesday, when the state of Ohio will take New Orleans on December 28.
“As you may have heard, we are temporarily on hiatus due to COVID positives in our program. I know our players, our coaching staff are disappointed that they will not be able to travel to Las Vegas to play Kentucky in what has become an outstanding event in the CBS Sports Classic,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said in an Instagram video following the cancellation on Thursday. “But the health and safety of our players is paramount, and we look forward to continuing to provide more direction as we continue to test here in the coming days.
“I want to thank the leadership of the university, the leadership of the athletics department and our incredible medical team for providing direction here over the past 36 hours. We hope this is a temporary hiatus, we look forward to getting back on the floor here soon and thank you for your support, Buckeye Nation.”