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Oregon men's basketball season opener postponed due to COVID-19

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After delaying the season by multiple weeks, Oregon Ducks fans will have to wait a little longer to see their first look at the men's basketball team.

No. 20 Oregon's season-opener against Eastern Washington was officially postponed Monday evening due to "concerns about EWU having enough scholarship players available for the game as a result of both positive student-athlete Covid-19 cases and the resulting isolation policies of additional student-athletes under contract tracing protocols."

The game was originally scheduled to tip-off the college basketball season on November 25th and it may still get rescheduled. 

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“We were very much looking forward to opening our season on Wednesday, so it’s disappointing for our fans and student-athletes from that standpoint,” said Oregon coach Dana Altman. “But the top priority is student-athlete safety, and we certainly respect and understand Eastern’s decision and wish all involved a quick recovery.”

Ryan Collingwood of the Spokesman-Review reported earlier Monday, Eastern Washington had two returning starters test positive for COVID-19 and the program wants to reschedule the game for sometime in December. 

The 2019-20 Eagles finished the season 23-8 with a conference record of 16-4 to finish atop the Big Sky conference.