INDIANAPOLIS — One doesn't have to look far to see examples of how COVID has made scheduling college basketball games a challenge.
Thursday, Butler University announced its men's game against Xavier of Cincinnati scheduled for Friday night will be played instead on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
According to the Big East Conference, the game was postponed one day "due to additional COVID-related testing precautions."
More specifically, the delay allows for another day of testing to be done prior to the game. It’s an additional mitigation factor agreed upon by the medical staffs of the schools following a positive test by an official in Butler's game earlier this week,according to a Butler Athletics spokesman.
Schedule changes this season are nothing new to either team. Butler has had six games postponed, including last week's contest with Seton Hall.
Xavier has not fared well either. Its last four games have been postponed due to COVID issues. The Musketeers haven't played since January 10.
Tickets purchased originally for the Friday game at Butler will be valid for Saturday’s game. Fans can contact the Butler Ticket Office for a credit on their account or a refund if they are unable to attend Saturday.