Georgia Tech men’s basketball receiver some unfortunate news as the program prepares for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010. On Tuesday morning, Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner during his first press conference since entering the tournament’s bubble reported to media, that one member of the program tested positive for COVID-19 as the Yellow Jackets completed intake in Indianapolis.
While the name of that member has not been released, Pastner noted that the member is asymptomatic and is isolated away from the team. Additionally, no other members of the program had to be isolated following contact tracing. It is also worth noting that Pastner did not mention whether or not the individual is a coach or a player.
The Yellow Jackets are no stranger to COVID-19, earlier this season, the program missed nearly a month of action following COVID issues. The Jackets also saw COVID impact their ACC Tournament title run. Their semifinal matchup against Virginia was cancelled as the Cavaliers had to pull out of the tournament following a positive COVID test. Notably, Duke also had to pull out of the ACC tournament due to a positive COVID test.
The Yellow Jackets (17-8, 11-6) are entering the NCAA Tournament as the No.9 seed in the Midwest Region, taking on the No.8 seed, the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers. The Ramblers enter the tournament with a 24-4 record overall and were the Missouri Valley Conference’s regular season and tournament champions.
The highly-anticipated matchup is currently set to tip-off on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. with the game televised in TBS.