A rematch of one of the great NCAA Tournament games in recent years will not be played because of coronavirus concerns.
Thursday’s scheduled matchup between No. 1 Gonzaga and Southern was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Bulldogs program that involved an unidentified player and member of the team’s traveling party.
Gonzaga and Southern most recently played in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. It was there that the Jaguars — led by 21 points from guard Derick Beltran — nearly pulled off a historic upset, eventually falling 64-58 to Gonzaga.
“We were basically an unknown ballclub that showed they can play the game of basketball,” Southern head coach Roman Banks said after the game. “But we came here to win a ballgame, not play a ballgame.”