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COVID-19 hits Gophers men’s and women’s basketball teams

Multiple members of the Gophers men’s and women’s basketball teams have tested positive for COVID-19, affecting preparations with the season opening later this month.

The Gophers men announced Tuesday that team activities have been paused indefinitely, and a team spokesman confirmed that the Gophers women’s team paused workouts last week before resuming practices Friday.

The men’s team is preparing to open its season Nov. 25 against Wisconsin-Green Bay at Williams Arena. The women’s schedule hasn’t been announced, but teams can open their season as soon as Nov. 26.

“The [men’s] team will resume activities once it is cleared to do so,” the team spokesman said in a statement.

The Gophers did not give details about how many players or staff tested positive, but sources said there were multiple positive tests for both basketball teams with no severe symptoms.

After returning to practice Friday, the Gophers women’s team did one-on-one skill work and some Zoom conferencing. The hope is a string of consecutive negative tests will allow the team to resume full practice by the end of the week.

The Gophers men have been communicating virtually, too. They expect to return to practice with enough time to prepare for the season. Read from source….