Gonzaga and Baylor postpone pivotal game over positive COVID tests in Gonzaga's traveling party

Fans hoping to watch the biggest college basketball game of the young season will have to wait a little longer. Baylor and Gonzaga issued a joint press release announcing Saturday’s game had been postponed after two members of Gonzaga’s traveling party reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, Baylor and Gonzaga said it was a mutual decision to postpone the contest. Both schools will try to reschedule the game for later in the season.

The schools decided to postpone the game after one student-athlete and one non-student-athlete in Gonzaga’s traveling party reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The student-athlete did not play in Wednesday’s game against West Virginia, but both teams decided it was safer to postpone Saturday’s contest.

The second part of the statement contained a message from Baylor head coach Scott Drew and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. Drew and Few said that while they were disappointed the game wasn’t going to take place as planned Saturday, “protecting the health and safety of student-athletes and following public health guidelines” were more important.

Baylor vs. Gonzaga was the biggest game of the young season

The news likely comes as a major disappoint for college basketball fans hoping to see one of the best games of the season. Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll. Baylor ranked No. 2. Both teams are a perfect 3-0 to start the season.

Gonzaga is scheduled to play Tarleton on Tuesday. It’s unclear whether that game will take place as planned after Saturday’s positive COVID tests.

A basketball sits on the court next to the Bulldogs logo prior to the start of a game.
Gonzaga and Baylor will not play Saturday. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)

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