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Virginia is out of the ACC tournament after a positive COVID case. Here's what's next

Virginia was a top-seeded team in the tournament. Now, Georgia Tech will take on the winner of the North Carolina-Florida State matchup
Credit: ACC Tournament

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A positive COVID-19 case has knocked top-seeded Virginia out of the ACC men's basketball tournament.

The conference announced Friday that the semifinal game between Virginia and Georgia Tech, originally slated for 6:30 p.m., was canceled after a positive test, contact tracing, and quarantining within the Virginia program. The ACC reports the team is adhering to their Medical Advisory Group Report's protocols.

With the game canceled, Georgia Tech will now advance to the championship game. The Hornets will face the winner of the game between Florida State and North Carolina, which tips off Friday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Virginia's spot in the tournament is only the latest upheaval caused by the virus; on Thursday, Duke was knocked out of the tournament by a positive COVID-19 case.

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips offered condolences to Duke and Virginia, saying in a statement “I’m heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches and support staff at both Duke and Virginia. Our teams have worked incredibly hard and sacrificed so much throughout this season. We continue to be led by our ACC Medical Advisory Group and the protocols put in place that have allowed our teams to safely compete during the 2020-21 season. We will follow the lead of our medical personnel to ensure the health and safety of our programs remain the top priority. Our student-athletes and schools have been remarkable this entire season while enduring incredibly challenging circumstances.” 

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