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Colorado basketball to play Mines Dec. 8, Arizona Dec. 28

The Buffs are making up games effected by COVID.

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This is going to happen a lot this college basketball season. Virus-related issues are going to postpone and cancel games up and down the schedule, teams are going to reschedule what they can and find replacements wherever it’s best.

The Colorado Buffaloes had to postpone their Dec. 2 game at Arizona to Dec. 28 because of their own virus outbreak. D’Shawn Schwartz tested positive, while Keeshawn Barthelemy and Tristan da Silva were held out because they were in close contact with him. There was possibly a fourth player involved, maybe more, that made the Buffs-Wildcats game unfeasible at this time. CU has apparently handled things well, because they are back in action against Washington State on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Colorado ultimately had to cancel their Dec. 8 game against Colorado State, not because of CU’s virus issues, but because of their rival’s. The Rams were forced to pause basketball operations on Nov. 20 and are still not ready to play. Rather than reschedule, the Buffs opted to host the Colorado School of Mines in place on the schedule. The Orediggers are not a Division-I team, but playing is more important than resume-building at this point in the season.