Cardinal Basketball

Evansville Replaces Southern Illinois In Louisville Season Opener

Chris Humphrey

We’re still roughly two weeks away from officially tipping off the college basketball season and unfortunately the Coronavirus is already impacting schedules.

Shannon Russell of the Courier-Journal reports that Southern Illinois has had to opt out of Louisville’s multiple team event.

The Cards were set to open their season against the Saluki’s on Nov. 25, but due to positive Covid-19 tests they’ve paused all basketball activities and won’t participate in the Wade Houston Classic.

Evansville will replace Southern Illinois as the Cards season opening opponent on Nov. 25.

The Purple Aces are coming off a nightmare season, despite knocking off No. 1 ranked Kentucky on Nov. 12. Evansville fired Walter McCarty midway through the season following a sexual misconduct investigation. They finished the year 9-23 and 0-18 in Missouri Valley action.

Southern Illinois isn’t the only team from the Louisville bubble that has been impacted by positive tests. Seton Hall announced on Wednesday night that they’ll shut things down for 14 days due to an outbreak within the program.

We don’t have an official update on what this means for Seton Hall’s schedule in Louisville, but their opening game on Nov. 25 against Winthrop is believed to be off due to the timeline.

The Pirates are currently scheduled to play Louisville on Nov. 27. They’d be clear to resume play right before this game, but it’s still unclear what Seton Hall expects to do.

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