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NCAAB: Arizona State vs. No. 5 UCLA postponed a second time

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Wednesday night’s game between visiting Arizona State and No. 5 UCLA was postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Sun Devils’ program.

It is the second postponement between the two Pac-12 schools. The teams were originally slated to play Jan. 1 but UCLA’s COVID-19 issues caused a postponement.

The teams announced the Wednesday rescheduling on Sunday after UCLA’s scheduled game on Thursday at Stanford was postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Cardinal program.

The Pac-12 is working on rescheduling the contest again. UCLA is looking for an opponent to play on either Wednesday or Thursday.

The Bruins (8-1, 1-0 Pac-12) are currently scheduled to play at Cal on Saturday.

Wednesday’s game was to be UCLA’s first in 25 days — since defeating Marquette on Dec. 11 — due to its outbreak.

Nonconference games against Alabama State (Dec. 15), North Carolina (Dec. 18) and Cal Poly (Dec. 22) were canceled and Pac-12 games against Arizona (Dec. 30) and Arizona State were postponed.

UCLA’s outbreak began after coach Mick Cronin tested positive hours before the Alabama State game.

“I woke up feeling terrible, so I knew something wasn’t (right), so I got tested right away and I was positive,” Cronin told reporters on Tuesday.

Cronin said only three UCLA players haven’t tested positive for COVID-19.

Arizona State’s outbreak also led to the postponement of Saturday’s home game against No. 8 Arizona.

The Sun Devils (5-8, 1-2) were routed 74-50 by Cal on Sunday. It was their first game since falling 66-65 to San Francisco on Dec. 19.

Arizona State had a Dec. 21 game against Florida A&M canceled due to a power outage as well as a postponement against Southern California on Dec. 30 in addition to the UCLA postponements.

The Sun Devils are next scheduled to play Jan. 13 against visiting Utah.

–Field Level Media

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