Third Georgia Tech game postponed

Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner instructs the team during the second half of the Pit Boss Grills Holiday Hoopsgiving Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 79-62. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner instructs the team during the second half of the Pit Boss Grills Holiday Hoopsgiving Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 79-62. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Georgia Tech will have to wait at least one more game to return to the court. The team’s Wednesday night home game against Pittsburgh was postponed because of continued COVID-19 issues within the team. The team and the ACC made the announcement Sunday. It’s the Yellow Jackets’ third consecutive game that has been postponed.

The game was originally to be played on Tuesday, but then last Thursday the ACC moved it back one day to Wednesday. The one-day delay was an indication that Tech officials believed that, with an extra day, the team could complete COVID-19 protocols in time to play the Panthers after having games against Notre Dame and Louisville postponed.

However, Sunday’s announcement made clear that coach Josh Pastner’s team needs more time as the Jackets remain on pause for all athletic activities. Tech’s next scheduled game is Saturday at N.C. State.

“The health and safety of our young men is our top priority,” Pastner said in a statement. “Our players want to play games, but we need to follow the proper procedures within the ACC’s guidelines so we can return to action safely.”

The team initially was put on pause on Tuesday after a positive COVID-19 test within the team and subsequent quarantining and contact tracing. Sunday’s news release from the ACC did not mention any further positive cases.

With the postponement of the Tech-Pitt game, going into the ACC’s lone league game Sunday night, 16 conference games have been postponed and 25 have been played. The Jackets have played nine games and now had one canceled and three postponed. Starting with Saturday’s game at N.C. State, they have 14 regular-season games remaining on the schedule.

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