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Memphis Tigers men's basketball pauses activities due to positive COVID-19 cases, postpones more games

University cites positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — UPDATE 2/16/2021 - The American Athletic Conference announced Tuesday that Memphis’ men’s basketball game against Temple, scheduled for Sunday at FedExForum, has been postponed due to the Tigers’ pause in basketball activities.

Memphis halted activities last Wednesday until further notice as a result of positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing among Tier I individuals within the program.

The Temple game is the Tigers’ fourth affected by the situation. Rescheduling information has yet to be determined for any of the four.

The University remains in constant contact with the AAC’s Medical Advisory Group, and additional information based on their recommendations will be announced as it is available.

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2/11/2021 - (Memphis Tigers Athletics News Release) - The American Athletic Conference announced Thursday that the Memphis men’s basketball game at Houston, scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed due to the Tigers’ pause in basketball activities.

The Tigers halted activities Wednesday until further notice as a result of positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing among Tier I individuals within the program.

The University remains in constant contact with the AAC’s Medical Advisory Group, and additional information based on their recommendations will be announced as it is available.

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2/10/2021 - Memphis men's basketball is pausing another game due to COVID-19, only this time it is due to an outbreak within the Tigers program.

Their next contest against Cincinnati will not be played Thursday. The University announced the team is pausing all basketball activities due to positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing. 

“While we’re disappointed to not be playing, we are absolutely committed to ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved," Penny Hardaway said in the release. "We look forward to getting back into action when it is determined to be safe.”

Memphis is scheduled to play one of their biggest games of the season, Sunday at Houston, which is unlikely to be played. The Commercial Appeal reports that there is still a slim chance the matchup goes on as scheduled, depending on the team's test results in the coming days.

The U of M also had three straight conference games postponed from late December to mid January; all due to the opposing team having COVID-19 issues.

The Tigers were healthy during that 19-day stretch but did not play any additional games. 

"I'd love to get another game in, and our minds are on that," Hardaway said Jan. 7 in the wake of the Central Florida postponement. "We just have to wait on our conference to let us know."

The U of M has eight games left on their conference slate with one month left in the regular season.