A look at ASU, Arizona’s games that have been impacted by COVID-19

Jan 19, 2021, 7:07 PM | Updated: 7:08 pm
ASU's Bobby Hurley, left, (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) and Arizona's Sean Miller, right. (AP Photo/Rick...
ASU's Bobby Hurley, left, (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) and Arizona's Sean Miller, right. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Just like countless others around the nation, the Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball teams have been impacted greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the programs’ 14 postponed or canceled games (more on that below), six were conference matchups. While it’s unclear when the rescheduled games will take place, the Pac-12 is working with all sides involved to get the games in before season’s end.

In order to have more time to reschedule said postponed Pac-12 games, both ASU and Arizona agreed to move up their series finale from March 6 to Jan. 25.

With that being said, here’s a timeline of all the postponements or cancellations the two schools have navigated this season:

These lists will be updating regularly with any updates or added postponements/cancellations

Sun Devils cancellations and postponements

Nov. 26 — Baylor Bears

Before the regular season began, the Sun Devils were forced to shift gears when Baylor announced COVID-19 concerns ahead of the Bears’ matchup against ASU in the 2K Empire Classic.

Instead, the Sun Devils took on Rhode Island, winning 94-88.

Dec. 17 — Incarnate Word Cardinals

Incarnate Word canceled its matchup with the Sun Devils due to a positive test within the Cardinals’ program.

Dec. 22 — Utah Utes*

Utah postponed the team’s matchup with ASU after someone tested positive for COVID-19 within the Utes’ program. It marked the first conference game to be postponed for the Sun Devils.

Dec. 31 — Washington State Cougars*

ASU’s following matchup against Washington State would not go one as planned, either. This time the Sun Devils had to postpone the meeting due to coronavirus developments within their program.

Jan. 2 — Washington Huskies*

Same as the Washington State game, the Sun Devils were forced to postpone the team’s matchup with the Washington Huskies due to COVID-19 developments within ASU’s ranks.

Jan. 14 — Oregon Ducks*

Oregon paused team activities two days ahead of the team’s game with the Sun Devils following a positive COVID-19 test within the Ducks’ program.

Wildcats cancellations and postponements

Nov. 25 — NAU Lumberjacks

The Wildcats’ season opener was halted before it started due to a positive test within NAU’s program.

Luckily, the two sides were able to reschedule the contest for Dec. 7. Arizona won 96-53.

Nov. 29 — UTEP Miners

The Miners were forced to cancel their matchup with the Wildcats after a confirmed COVID-19 case among UTEP’s ranks.

Dec. 2 — Colorado Buffaloes*

The Buffaloes were the first Pac-12 opponent to postpone their game against the Wildcats after Colorado experienced COVID-19 issues within its program and associated contact tracing protocols.

Dec. 5 — Northern Colorado Bears

The Bears canceled their meeting with the Wildcats after COVID-19 issues within Northern Colorado’s program.

The Wildcats were able to fill the slot with Eastern Washington, however, which Arizona beat 70-67.

Dec. 12 — Illinois Fighting Illini/New Mexico State Aggies

Originally expected to play Illinois, the Wildcats were forced to reschedule the finale of the two-game series to 2021 after both schools agreed to postpone the matchup over COVID-19 considerations.

Instead, Arizona turned to New Mexico State to fill the vacancy. Unfortunately, the Aggies had to cancel their meeting with the Wildcats due to a positive COVID-19 test within their ranks.

The Wildcats still managed to find an opponent for Dec. 12, though, as the team faced UTEP. Arizona won 69-61.

Dec. 16 — California Baptist Lancers

A positive COVID-19 test within Cal Baptist’s program forced the Lancers to cancel their matchup with the Wildcats.

Dec. 21 — San Diego

San Diego canceled its meeting with Arizona due to a COVID-19 related concern within their program.

Jan. 16 — Oregon*

Oregon paused team activities following a positive COVID-19 test within their program.

* Pac-12 conference games

Arizona State Basketball

Devan Cambridge #35 of the Arizona State Sun Devils reacts after his dunk against the TCU Horned Fr...
Arizona Sports

Devan Cambridge announces return to ASU basketball for final season

Arizona State forward Devan Cambridge announced on Friday he is returning to Tempe for his final season of eligibility.
1 day ago
Arizona State guard DJ Horne gestures after making a 3-point basket against Stanford during the sec...
Arizona Sports

D.J. Horne, Jamiya Neal departing Arizona State in transfer portal

Arizona State guard D.J. Horne will join Jamiya Neal in the transfer portal, reports's Joe Tipton.
1 day ago
Arizona State center Enoch Boakye (14) rebounds as Oregon State forward Ahmad Rand (44) looks on du...
Austin Scott

Enoch Boakye enters transfer portal after 2 seasons with ASU basketball

Sophomore center Enoch Boakye has decided to enter the transfer portal after seeing only 3.3 minutes per game in his second year.
2 days ago
Head coach Bobby Hurley of the Arizona State Sun Devils looks on as his team takes on the TCU Horne...
Kellan Olson

Arizona State signs head coach Bobby Hurley to 2-year extension

Arizona State has signed its men's basketball head coach Bobby Hurley to a two-year extension, the school announced on Tuesday.
4 days ago
Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley calls a play in a 77-69 loss to USC at Desert Financial Arena...
Jake Anderson

Here’s why Arizona State should extend Bobby Hurley’s contract

In eight years, Hurley has won 141 games for ASU, with half of those seasons garnering 20-plus wins and three (four) NCAA Tournament trips.
5 days ago
DJ Horne #0 of the Arizona State Sun Devils goes to the basket against Rodrigue Andela #34 of the O...
John Guzzon

ASU basketball’s future is bright despite disappointing 1st-round exit

Arizona State’s 2022-23 basketball squad continually got up off the canvas to emerge as legitimate contenders.
5 days ago
A look at ASU, Arizona’s games that have been impacted by COVID-19