NORMAN- The Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team must wait at least another week to start their 2020 campaign.
Five and a half hours before they were scheduled to open the season against the UTSA Roadrunners, the program announced a pause in team activities due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Wednesday’s season opener against UTSA as well as Saturday’s road trip to pay the UCF Knights have both been postponed.
The Oklahoma men's basketball program has paused organized team activities due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.
OU's games against UTSA (tonight) and UCF (Saturday) have been postponed.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) November 25, 2020
Fresh off a third place finish in the Big 12 regular season standings last year, the Sooners were picked to finish sixth by the media.
Oklahoma will only really have to replace two contributors from last season’s squad, senior standout Kristian Doolittle who graduated and point guard Jamal Bieniemy, who transferred to UTEP.
Replacing Bieniemy, the Sooners added a transfer guard of their own in Umoja Gibson, who made his name at North Texas before arriving in Norman.
Gibson joins a returning core of Austin Reaves, Brady Manek, De’Vion Harmon and Alondes Williams.
While the Sooners hoped to rely on their returning experience to navigate the always trying Big 12 Conference slate, they will have to wait at least another week before tipping the season off.