Because we needed more news today:
Vanderbilt has withdrawn from the Legends Classic this week at Mohegan Sun due to COVID, per source. Vandy was slated to open against UConn on Tuesday. BYU and USC are the other two teams.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 29, 2020
Vanderbilt opened its season with a win over Valparaiso on Friday, and was scheduled to travel to Connecticut on Tuesday for its opening game of the Legends Classic against UConn, but now reportedly is out — though there hasn’t been a release from Vanderbilt, nor has the event been taken off the basketball team’s schedule.
But before you jump to any conclusions, here’s something noteworthy:
No update on #Vanderbilt allegedly withdrawing from the Legends Classic, but last week Stackhouse mentioned that UConn was potentially preparing to withdraw.— Justin Hershey (@justinhershey26) November 29, 2020
Legends Classic games are not listed on the UConn schedule. Could be precautionary for Vanderbilt pic.twitter.com/txFy9SdIKM
UConn played Hartford on Friday, but doesn’t have another game listed on its schedule until a December 11 game against St. John’s. So perhaps this isn’t an issue on Vanderbilt’s end, and as Justin said, it’s a precautionary measure. We would probably find out pretty quickly if Vanderbilt tried to set up a replacement game or find another event to play in.
If it is, in fact, an issue on Vanderbilt’s end, then the next two games — at SMU on December 8 and vs. North Carolina Central on December 11 — would also presumably be in danger of not happening.