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REPORT: Florida Gators MBB delaying start to season due to COVID-19

The University of Florida is reportedly delaying the start of its 2020-21 college basketball season due to COVID-19.

On Sunday morning, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman announced that the team would not play in this week’s event held at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. 

Later in the morning, Andy Katz, from, confirmed the news of the pause in the Florida program.

Florida was scheduled to play UMass Lowell on Wednesday and a much-anticipated matchup with Virginia on Friday.

The Gators now become at least the 33rd college basketball program to pause activities due to COVID-19. The regular season for the sport is set to begin in roughly 72 hours.

In the preseason SEC media poll released earlier this month, Mike White’s team was picked to finish 4th in the conference and forward Keyontae Johnson was picked as the preseason player of the year.

Kentucky will find themselves with a home-and-home with Florida once again this season. The Cats will make the trip to Gainesville on January 9th with the return trip in Lexington being scheduled for February 27th.

According to Katz, the Gators are still planning on opening the season on December 2nd against Oklahoma in Norman.

As of right now, all four teams that will be competing in Rupp Arena this week in Kentucky’s MTE are still on board.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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7 Comments for REPORT: Florida Gators MBB delaying start to season due to COVID-19

  1. ukbradstith
    1:14 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    As much as I want to get it started, they might as well delay until after the Holidays. Start mid January, hopefully a vaccine is at least starting to circulate by then, and all the players could quarantine with each other after returning from the break.

    • UKgrad80
      1:48 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      I agree it is going to be a cluster f**k for the next few months!

    • mashman 93
      1:58 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      Everything has been a cluster so what is the difference? College basketball has already been delayed three weeks, but that vaccine is coming and everything will get back to normal.

  2. UKFanSC
    1:52 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    Took me 90 seconds of maddeningly obnoxious pop up ads to even get to the damned article… far the worst site with pop ups in my internet universe.

    • Bluehender
      6:10 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

      I subsribed to the website. It’s $1.99 a month and ZERO ads. Some will tell you it’s not worth $1.99. OK, that’s fine. Continue to deal with the ads. I think it was worth it

  3. Tej
    9:55 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink

    According to Dr. Fauci, the general public may see the vaccine in April at the earliest. So unless college basket players have some super priority, I doubt it will do anything to change the virus situation by then.

  4. Tej
    9:55 pm November 22, 2020 Permalink