Wednesday’s UCLA men’s basketball game at the University of Oregon was postponed due to COVID-19 testing protocols for game officials.
The game was originally set to begin at noon, but delayed until 2 p.m. while the Pac-12 Conference was awaiting the results of COVID-19 test results for game officials, according to the conference.
At about 1:30 p.m., the conference announced that the game had been postponed.
“Our guys are devastated,” Bruins coach Mick Cronin said. “This was going to be a great basketball game on a national stage. Our players were ready to move past a tough ending against Ohio State from last Saturday.
“All we can do now is wish everybody a Happy Holiday season, and we look forward to starting back up with practice on Dec. 27.”
Oregon coach Dana Altman said a member of the officiating crew tested positive early Wednesday before interacting with either of the two teams.
Because the same crew worked Tuesday night’s game at Oregon State together, contact tracing protocols negated the possibility of playing the game with just the other two officials, according to a University of Oregon athletics spokesman.
UCLA is next scheduled to play Dec. 31, playing host to Utah at Pauley Pavilion.
The Pac-12 Conference announced it will work with the UCLA and Oregon programs to attempt to find a mutually agreeable date to reschedule Wednesday’s postponed game.