WVU’s Opening Opponent Pulls Out Of Crossover Classic

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At this point, the Mountaineer men’s basketball team still plans on traveling to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to play its first three games of the 2020-21 season, but West Virginia’s opening opponent will not be attending.

Texas A&M, which was slated to face WVU in the tourney opener on Nov. 25, announced Tuesday that it will not be making the trip to the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.

Other teams currently slated to play in Sioux Falls are St. Mary’s, Memphis, Creighton, South Dakota State, Utah State and Wichita State.

Reportedly Crossover Classic officials are trying to find a replacement for A&M, but at this point that potential fill-in to face the Mountaineers has not been named.

Duke, Ohio State, Utah, Dayton and now Texas A&M all previously were going to play in one edition or another of this tournament, but each has since pulled out. The Crossover Classic bracket has seen many changes in recent weeks.

2020 Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Bracket

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff is the top priority for our entire athletics department, and given the current public health crisis, we have decided to cancel our trip to the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Ross Bjork said. “In order to keep our program as safe as possible as we start the season, we sought input from public health experts and our medical team after seeing the rise of cases in all of our communities, but especially in the state of South Dakota. Based on their advice, we felt it was most prudent to stay in Texas and work to schedule a home game at Reed Arena. We are thankful for the hard work and understanding of the tournament organizers.”

 

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  • #129072

    At this point, the Mountaineer men’s basketball team still plans on traveling to the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to play its first three games of the 2
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    #129076

    Duke, Ohio State, Utah, Dayton and Texas A&M all pulled out.  This was slated to be one of the better early season contests in the country.  Now ……

    I’m wondering if this will ever be played.

    #129080

    WV should consider pulling out at this point.  Possible opponent list has diminished and SD a covid red hot spot

    #129081

    Wichita State still going without head coach Marshall?

    #129082

    Too many politicians involved.

    #129084

    I’m with Ccteam on this.  West Virginia is going into the season with a talented, experienced team, ranked and confident.  I think it’s silly to take an unnecessary risk by playing in a half-baked (at this point) tourney.  Pull out, basketball is going to take a major hit this year.

    #129101

    I understand the points made here, but is this any different than going to Texas or Oklahoma?

    Note that at this moment, every Big 12 town is listed as an “uncotrolled outbreak” location by this tracker, which we include in our daily links.

    #129105

    Better that the team builds immunity now rather than in the league games?

    #129124

    Building immunity is a risky proposition, I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy, much less the Mountaineers

    #129130

    In NO WAY am I proposing herd immunity.  In addition to being dangerous to the people involved and anyone around them, which is the major concern, getting the virus and exposing others would put WVU (and any school) in danger of losing many games to positive tests and contract tracing.  Like, at least two weeks’ worth.

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