Oregon State women’s basketball has lost five games due to COVID-19, while only playing six games. The Beaver men just paused team activities this week as the virus made its way to their program.
OSU athletic director Scott Barnes said it’s possible the women’s season gets canceled, like Duke women’s basketball chose to do, but that decision is up to the players.
“If there’s ever a point where (playing) is not something that they want to do, then we’ll certainly listen to that,” Barnes told The Oregonian’s Nick Daschel.
Barnes also said next Monday OSU has a student-athlete advisory meeting to gauge how players are feeling.
Logistically speaking, it would be difficult to reschedule all five games for the Beaver women. Barnes however thinks a game or two could be made up.
OSU women’s basketball hasn’t played a game or had a practice since Dec. 20 after a COVID-19 outbreak.
As for the Oregon State men, they’ve missed three games so far and Barnes thinks all three could be played.
On the financial front, teams must play 15 games to qualify for a piece of the Pac-12′s NCAA tournament revenue. As mentioned, the OSU women have only played six games. The men have played nine games.
“As we’ve learned, one positive based on contact tracing can put the whole team out,” Barnes told Daschel. “It certainly is more challenging.”
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