Brad Calipari’s return to Lexington has been put on hold.
The University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball program announced this evening that it will not be traveling down to Kentucky to play in the Bluegrass Showcase due to a positive COVID-19 test in the program.
KSR’s Matt Jones was the first to report the cancellation.
According to the school, the positive test came from a member of the support staff who is not experiencing any symptoms and is now in quarantine. No other players or coaches have tested positive, although a few members of the team are in isolation due to contact tracing.
Due to HIPAA, Detroit Mercy will not release the name of the support staff member and will continue to follow all regulations and protocols in place by the Horizon League and NCAA.
“We believe the decision to cancel our games and not travel is best for everyone’s health and safety,” said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. “We have had no positive tests with both our men’s and women’s basketball programs since we started our testing requirements in early October. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff have done a great job abiding by all the guidelines put forth, but with the rise in positive cases across the country, it unfortunately was able to get inside our program.
“At this point, we are hopeful that it is isolated to one individual and we will take the time this week to make sure everyone stays healthy and tests negative and hope to start our season next week.”
Detroit Mercy did, however, confirm that it is looking to make up the scheduled games at a later date, meaning the team’s matchup against Kentucky is still a possibility later in the season.
Kentucky is currently scheduled to take on Morehead State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET and Richmond on Sunday at 1 p.m.