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2 Gonzaga players out vs. Auburn due to COVID-19

This comes after the Bulldogs beat Kansas, who Kentucky is currently set to face in the upcoming Champions Classic.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Gonzaga Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the college basketball season season now underway, there’s already been a host of games postponed or cancelled outright due to COVID-19.

Now, the No. 1 team in the nation is dealing with the virus.

Friday morning, Gonzaga announced that two players are out for their clash with Auburn due to COVID-19 protocols, which came a day after the Bulldogs’ impressive win over No. 6 Kansas. The school didn’t say if the players in question tested positive for the virus or simply came into close contact with someone who has it.

Even if the players didn’t test positive, this is the kind of issue that has led to a lot of games being postponed. But surprisingly, Gonzaga will still play today against Auburn at 11 am EST.

It’s crazy to think this game is still going to happen, but apparently the medical staffs for both teams still think it’s fine for the game to proceed.

This could also affect the Kentucky Wildcats since they’re set to face the Jayhawks next Tuesday in the Champions Classic. Perhaps the two Gonzaga players came into close contract with someone who has the virus or broke COVID-19 protocols after the win over Kansas, so for now, it looks like the Jayhawks will still be good to go Tuesday.

Hopefully, nothing more comes of this and everyone involved does not have the virus.