Ohio State will not be headed to Las Vegas this weekend.
Due to positive COVID-19 results in the Buckeye program, Ohio State’s upcoming CBS Sports Classic matchup against Kentucky has been canceled, per a team release.
The game, originally scheduled for Saturday. will not be rescheduled, and the status of future game is still yet to be determined.
“The safety and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and Ohio State community is the highest priority,” the release states. “All team related activities have been suspended and the players and staff will continue to be tested according to Ohio State protocols in consultation with the Big Ten Conference.”
Our game vs. Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic Saturday has been cancelled due to positive COVID-19 results within the Buckeye basketball program. The game, scheduled to be played in Las Vegas, will not be rescheduled.
— Ohio State Hoops (@OhioStateHoops) December 16, 2021
Despite the entire Buckeye program being vaccinated, Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said at a press conference before the cancellation news broke Thursday that COVID-19 cases have still popped up in the program over the past year.
“I think we’ve had to have real conversations about what’s happening in both professional and college sports. As you know, we have a fully vaccinated program, but there have been breakthrough cases among our staff this past year – this year as well,” Holtmann said. “You’re really aware of it, and I think those kind of conversations and that dialogue is very much a part of what we’re doing right now.”
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Penn State canceled its upcoming game against VCU earlier on Thursday due to an outbreak in the Nittany Lion program.