SEVERE WX : Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

Syracuse basketball still on schedule to open season this week

AP Photo/Wade Payne

The Syracuse Athletics Department has announced that the men's basketball team will be moving forward with its 2020-21 season opener on Friday against Bryant amid rising cases and uncertainty from around the college basketball landscape.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 12:31 AM
Updated: Nov 24, 2020 12:37 AM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Orange men's basketball team is still set to open its 2020-21 season against Bryant on Friday.

Amid uncertainty around college basketball with the beginning of the season arriving, the Syracuse University Athletic Department announced that the team is moving forward with its opener against the Bulldogs at the Carrier Dome later in the week.

Multiple college basketball programs have postponed the beginning of their seasons due to COVID-19 outbreaks including Syracuse's ACC rival Duke, whose opener intended for Wednesday was put off, at least temporarily, due to a positive test from its opponent, Gardner-Webb.

Syracuse Athletics announced it remains intent on playing Friday through a statement that said:

"The Syracuse University Department of Athletics has worked closely with the Onondaga County Health Department, the New York State Department of Health, and the Atlantic Coast Conference to enact protocols appropriate to resume basketball-related activities and safeguard the health and wellness of our student-athletes, our campus, and the Central New York Community. These protocols include, but have not been limited to, robust testing of all members of the basketball program multiple times each week.

Coach Jim Boeheim has now completed his required 10-day isolation period and has returned to work. Further, all members of the basketball program have undergone multiple tests since Coach Boeheim and another member of the program tested positive for COVID-19. Over that period, no additional players, coaches, or staff associated with the men's basketball program have tested positive.

As basketball-related activities resume, we will remain in close contact with the Onondaga County Health Department and the New York State Department of Health, working together to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes and our Central New York Community."

The Orange have not practiced in the time since Coach Boeheim and one other member tested positive for the virus, team activities continue to remain on pause for the moment.

Syracuse Athletics has told NEWSChannel 2 that no spectators will be permitted in the Carrier Dome for Friday's opener, including students.

Tip-off is at 3 p.m.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1973308

Reported Deaths: 51350
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings2611819909
Queens2604189526
Suffolk1913793303
Nassau1753923102
Bronx1731096365
New York1303844306
Westchester1245352236
Erie805561689
Richmond698671740
Monroe599441033
Orange45583782
Rockland45345941
Onondaga35576660
Dutchess27616433
Albany23409343
Oneida21291497
Niagara17888332
Broome17175348
Saratoga14222160
Ulster12835241
Schenectady12289192
Rensselaer10526136
Putnam1007991
Chautauqua8256132
Chemung7068133
Oswego690990
Ontario676591
Steuben6212141
St. Lawrence613794
Sullivan603268
Cayuga581090
Jefferson540863
Wayne515467
Cattaraugus506880
Genesee5014121
Herkimer4883107
Clinton447232
Madison425785
Tompkins401949
Fulton399786
Livingston394358
Montgomery3842114
Columbia380399
Cortland351560
Warren333756
Tioga333358
Wyoming321751
Allegany314183
Otsego313646
Greene308174
Chenango303173
Washington281355
Orleans271683
Lewis242333
Franklin237512
Delaware211936
Seneca185356
Schoharie152015
Essex148926
Yates109826
Schuyler97913
Hamilton3002
Unassigned184111
Out of NY0216
Rome
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 36°
Binghamton
Cloudy
35° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 29°
Rome
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 36°
Rome
Cloudy
39° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
Enter the Rock Your Body Giveaway from Alivana Aesthetics
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!