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COVID-19 surge disrupting college basketball on Central, South Coasts

Akshay Gill
The latest COVID-19 surge is disrupting the college basketball season for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and UC Santa Barbara.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo cancels two men's games; UC Santa Barbara bans spectators from home matches.

The growing COVID-19 outbreak is having a big impact on the college basketball season on the Central and South Coasts. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has announced the cancellation of the first two men’s home games of its Big West Conference Season.

The Mustangs were supposed to host Long Beach State Thursday night, and Cal State Fullerton Saturday.

In a statement, the university said the cancellations are due to protocols in the Mustang basketball program. Both games have been declared “no contest.” It means they won’t be forfeits, and won’t count in team standings.

And, UC Santa Barbara announced that because of COVID-19 safety concerns, spectators won’t be allowed at all home basketball games now through January 17th. All home events will be livestreamed so fans can still watch the games.

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