COVID’s first hit on the Ivy schedule: Princeton at Harvard men’s game postponed

Before the ball dropped in Times Square to end the challenging year of 2021, the 2022 Ivy League schedule took its first hit from COVID-19 with the announced postponement of Sunday’s Princeton-Harvard men’s basketball game.

Late Friday afternoon, Harvard Athletics put out a statement that the league opener at Lavietes Pavilion could not take place due to “COVID-19 concerns and safety protocols within the Harvard men’s basketball program.”  This same reason caused the Crimson to cancel Wednesday’s game at No. 6 Kansas.

According to a comment to Ivy Hoops Online earlier in the week with regards to the pandemic’s potential for disruptions in the conference schedule, Ivy League Associate Executive Director of Communications & Championships Meghan Moore stated, “Each team is asked to have seven players able to compete and if a game needs to be rescheduled, it will be a discussion between the two schools in collaboration with the league office.”

Harvard and Princeton have worked together to reschedule Sunday’s contest.  Originally, the Crimson were scheduled to visit the Tigers on Sat., Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.  That game will be moved to Friday the 25th at 7 p.m., and the makeup contest will be held at Lavietes on Sunday the 27th at noon.