Husky Classic basketball tournament canceled due to visiting teams’ COVID problems

A basketball tournament scheduled for this coming week at the University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena will not happen.

The Husky Classic was canceled due to COVID-19 problems that have hit the visiting teams.

The tournament included the Dawgs, Cal State Fullerton, San Diego and Portland State. However, UW reported that there are COVID-19 related shutdowns for Fullerton and San Diego. And there is uncertainty about Portland State’s availability related to its status with the Oregon Health Authority.

“We’re obviously disappointed for our student-athletes who have been getting ready for the start of the season, but we understand the necessity of the protocols put in place to protect their safety during this time,” said Mike Hopkins, UW men’s head basketball coach. “We’re going to keep looking to get games on the schedule, but the health and safety of our student-athletes is the most important thing right now.”

The tournament was supposed to happen Nov. 25 and Nov. 27-28.

The Huskies’ next game is scheduled for Dec. 3 at Utah.