Saturday was supposed to be a loaded day of City Six basketball action, but things change quickly during this season played amid a pandemic. All five schools playing (minus Penn) were scheduled to take the court, but that list is down to just Villanova after a string of postponements Tuesday and Wednesday.
St. Joseph’s game Saturday at Dayton was postponed by the Atlantic 10 Conference because of COVID-19 protocols that apply to the Hawks’ Tier I personnel, the league said Wednesday.
The conference said any further schedule updates will be announced when available.
It marked the third consecutive postponement for the Hawks (1-14, 0-9 A-10), who had games last week against St. Bonaventure and La Salle called off.
On Tuesday, the Colonial Athletic Association announced that Drexel’s games against Delaware scheduled for Thursday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center and Saturday at Newark, Del., were postponed because of COVID-19 protocols in the Blue Hens’ program.
Since the start of the CAA season on Jan. 2, the Dragons (8-7, 3-5 conference) have had eight games postponed. The league added two games to their schedule in January, at William & Mary and at James Madison.
As for La Salle, the Explorers‘ Saturday contest against George Washington is off and hasn’t been rescheduled.
La Salle’s next game is Tuesday on the road at St. Louis. The Explorers upset the Billikens, 82-75, at home on Feb. 3rd.
Temple had a two-game set Thursday and Saturday against East Carolina, but the American Athletic Conference postponed both games due to COVID-19 issues in the Pirates program. Instead, Temple will play Friday at Cincinnati.
The Owls and Bearcats had an earlier meeting postponed due to COVID protocols on Jan. 20. Temple lost 63-60 at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 4 against Cincinnati.
Villanova has endured its share of postponed games this season with 12. Six of them were called off while the Wildcats were sidelined on a nearly three-week pause after coach Jay Wright and later two of his players tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Wildcats have had a home game against DePaul and road contests at Xavier and Connecticut postponed twice each. Wednesday night’s game against Marquette was rescheduled from a Jan. 8 postponement.