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Sun Devils back in Empire Classic, will face Rhode Island on Wednesday

COVID-19 concerns

Syracuse v Arizona State Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

On Sunday, according to college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman, Arizona State withdraw from its opening game against No. 2 Baylor in the Empire Classic due to COVID-19 concerns.

On Sunday afternoon, Baylor head coach Scott Drew announced that he had tested positive for the virus and was asymptomatic. No other Bears players or staff members had received positive results, but the situation has to be monitored closely over the coming days.

Jon Rothstein then reported on Monday that Baylor will not participate in the Empire Classic. It’ll be Villanova, Boston College and Arizona State with a fourth team to be determined.

ASU then made it official by announcing that Rhode Island will play the Sun Devils this Wednesday, Nov. 25 with tip-off set for 5 p.m. local time.

*Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information since its original publication.