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Washington, No. 5 Gonzaga off due to COVID

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April 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Basketball in the hoop in the first half of the national championship game in the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
April 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Basketball in the hoop in the first half of the national championship game in the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

No. 5 Gonzaga needs a new opponent Sunday with the University of Washington unable to play due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

“Sunday’s game between No. 5 Gonzaga and Washington will not be played as scheduled due to a COVID-19 related protocol within the Huskies’ program. This series is important to both schools and the administrations will begin working on an agreeable date for this game in Spokane next year,” Gonzaga said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that seven total Huskies players tested positive for COVID-19.

Gonzaga (7-2) left open the option of replacing Washington with another opponent on short notice.

Washington has postponed three games, all against ranked opponents, due to COVID in the past week. The Huskies were scheduled to play Arizona and UCLA last week.

The Huskies were supposed open Pac-12 play last Thursday at No. 11 Arizona, but that game was not played. Those programs agreed to reschedule that contest for Jan. 25.

Unable to reschedule with then-No. 5 UCLA after the game scheduled for last Sunday was called off, Washington was forced to forfeit, though the game will not count when the NCAA Selection Committee meets to determine NCAA Tournament bids.

Washington (4-5) is next scheduled to host Seattle University on Dec. 18.

–Field Level Media