The Florida Gators won’t be cleared to play at the LSU Tigers this weekend.
On Friday, the Southeastern Conference confirmed that Saturday’s showdown between Florida and LSU has been postponed because of positive COVID-19 test results, contact tracing and subsequent quarantines impacting the Gators. Neither Florida nor the SEC disclosed any other information about the coronavirus-related setbacks.
No makeup date was included in the brief statement.
Both teams were entering the weekend coming off defeats. Florida fell to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Wednesday and dropped to 10-5 overall and 6-4 in SEC action. LSU, meanwhile, went down to the No. 10-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Wednesday and now sits at 11-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play.
The Gators didn’t compete for over two weeks in December after junior forward Keyontae Johnson collapsed to the court during a game against the Florida State Seminoles on Dec. 12. Johnson spent time in the hospital but returned to the team as a coach in late December. The All-SEC selection for the 2019-20 campaign won’t play again this season, and his status beyond this spring is currently unknown.
On Wednesday, Johnson’s family announced his collapse was not related to COVID-19. He tested positive for the coronavirus during the summer.
Florida is scheduled to face the No. 11-ranked Tennessee Volunteers next Wednesday.