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Oregon Ducks men pause activities

The No. 22 Oregon men’s basketball team has been put on pause after a positive COVID-19 test within the program, a source within the program said on Tuesday.

The Ducks’ games at Matthew Knight Arena against Arizona State on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday have been postponed. Both games were going to be televised nationally on ESPN.

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman was first to report Oregon’s positive test.

Oregon (9-2, 4-1 Pac-12) is tied for second place in the conference standings and is coming off a win last Saturday against Utah when it rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to win 79-73.

The Ducks’ next game now is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at home against Pac-12 leader UCLA, a game that was supposed to be played Dec. 23 but was postponed when a member of the officiating crew tested positive for COVID-19.

Oregon isn’t the only program in the conference dealing with coronavirus postponements.

The No. 10 Duck women had Sunday’s road game against Arizona State called off due to the Sun Devils program going on pause. Oregon is still scheduled to play at No. 11 Arizona on Thursday. The Oregon State women haven’t played since Dec. 19 as they postponed five straight conference games due to an outbreak on its team. The Beavers are expected to resume playing this week but will miss their sixth straight game Thursday when they were scheduled to play Arizona State.

The Oregon State men’s team went on pause last week and missed their road games at Utah and Colorado. They also had games against USC (Dec. 20) and Stanford (Dec. 31) postponed.

The Beavers are back playing this week starting with an 8 p.m. game Thursday against Arizona in Corvallis.

— The Register-Guard

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