COVID-19 continues to pummel the Iona Basketball program.
This afternoon, the Gaels announced that another Tier 1 member has tested positive for the coronavirus, which means that after quarantining and isolation protocols, they will not have the required number of players to play the final five games of the regular season. Instead, Rick Pitino’s squad will focus on the MAAC Tournament, which begins on March 8.
“This is extremely unfortunate news to learn at a time so late in the season,” Pitino said in a statement. “I feel awful for our student-athletes who worked so hard to get back following our pause that lasted nearly two months. The pandemic is still very real, and ultimately the health and safety of those around the program is most important. We look forward to returning and competing in the MAAC Championship in March.”
Iona finishes the regular season 8-5, 6-3 in conference play. The timing stinks; the Gaels just swept Monmouth, the No. 1 team in the MAAC, over the weekend.