The game of the Nevada basketball team in the state of San Jose on Saturday has been postponed, Mountain West announced on Friday afternoon.
“Due to COVID-19 issues with the men’s basketball program in Nevada, the two-game series between the wolf pack and the state of San Jose, scheduled for February 13-15, has been postponed,” the MW said in a statement . “Further updates and schedule adjustments by the mountain west will be announced at a later date.”
It’s the first large wrench to be thrown in Nevada so far in the 2020-21 season, but it’s the third MW series this week to have had COVID-19 issues. The Utah State-New Mexico and Colorado State-New Mexico series have also been postponed.
Nevada was scheduled to play at SJSU on Saturday and Monday as part of MW’s two-game series system designed to limit COVID-19 exposure. It was the first series scheduled in San Jose this season as the Spartans were hosting games in Phoenix due to local COVID-19 restrictions. But Santa Clara County recently updated its public health guidelines to allow teams to practice and host games. The game on Saturday should be the first home competition for SJSU athletics this semester. Nevada went to San Jose for the series on Thursday.
That season had gone smoothly for the wolf pack in terms of its schedule. In Nevada, only one game outside of the conference was canceled, namely a competition in San Francisco in early December. This was a result of local COVID-19 restrictions on contact sports in San Francisco County. Nevada instead took on a home game against NAIA school William Jessup.
The wolf pack played their full allotment of seven non-conference games 5-2 and had no issues during the conference game. It played its first 14 games in MW Action non-stop. Nevada started the season with a four-game winning streak this weekend after rivals UNLV and first-placed Boise State improved to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in MW action. SJSU is 5-13 overall and 3-11 in the MW game.
The conference built a buffer week between the end of the regular season and the start of the MW tournament to compensate for any postponements. Nevada’s regular season finale is February 28 against Utah State. The conference tournament will not begin until March 10, so the Nevada SJSU series can be rescheduled during this period. SJSU, which canceled four out-of-conference games while seeking home court proceedings under Santa Clara County’s bans, has not postponed or canceled any MW games. This should pave the way for these teams to form the two-game series between the end of the scheduled regular season and the start of the postseason.