For the first time this season, the Buckeyes have had a men's basketball game canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Ohio State's game against Alabama A&M will not go on as scheduled on Saturday night as the game has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within Alabama A&M's men's basketball program.
The decision was made after Alabama A&M shared its most recent COVID-19 testing results on Friday.
Here is the full statement from Ohio State:
The Ohio State Department of Athletics, in alignment with COVID-19 testing and protocols for non-conference opponents, has canceled the men’s basketball game against Alabama A&M University scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with the welfare of the student-athletes, coaches and event staff in mind after Alabama A&M shared results of its most recent testing.
Ohio State is currently working toward finding a replacement opponent for Saturday night's game, which was scheduled for 7 p.m. Chris Holtmann has said in the past that he wants to play the 27-game maximum. However, finding another available team on such short notice for a game this weekend might not be possible.
If Ohio State is unable to find another opponent, the Buckeyes' next game will be on the road against Notre Dame on Tuesday.
This is the first game Ohio State has had canceled this season. The Buckeyes are currently 3-0 on the season with wins against Illinois State, UMass Lowell and Morehead State to start the season.