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Nevada basketball's series at San Jose State postponed due to COVID-19 issues

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The{ }Nevada basketball team takes the court before a game against Boise State last week. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics)

The Nevada basketball team's game at San Jose State on Saturday has been postponed, the Mountain West announced Friday afternoon.

"Due to COVID-19 issues within the Nevada men’s basketball program, the two-game series between the Wolf Pack and San José State, scheduled for Feb. 13-15, has been postponed," the MW said in a statement. "Further updates and schedule adjustments by the Mountain West will be announced at a later date."

It's the first major wrench thrown into Nevada's 2020-21 season thus far but marks the third MW series this week that has run into COVID-19 issues. The Utah State-New Mexico and Colorado State-New Mexico series also have been postponed.

Nevada was scheduled to play at SJSU on Saturday and Monday as part of the MW's two-game series system meant to limit COVID-19 exposures. It was the first series scheduled at San Jose this season as the Spartans have been hosting games in Phoenix due to local COVID-19 restrictions. But Santa Clara County recently tweaked its public health directives to allow teams to practice and host games. Saturday's game was supposed to be the first home contest for SJSU athletics this semester. Nevada bussed to San Jose on Thursday for the series.

This season had been smooth sailing for the Wolf Pack in terms of its schedule. Nevada only had one non-conference game canceled, that being a contest at San Francisco in early December. That was a result of local COVID-19 restrictions against playing contact sports in San Francisco County. Nevada instead picked up a home game against NAIA school William Jessup.

The Wolf Pack played its full allotment of seven non-conference games, going 5-2, and hadn't had any issues during conference play, playing its first 14 games in MW action without an interruption. Nevada entered this weekend's series riding a season-long four-game win streak after sweeps of rival UNLV and first-place Boise State to improve to 14-7 overall and 9-5 in MW action. SJSU is 5-13 overall and 3-11 in MW play.

The conference built a buffer week between the end of the regular season and the start of the MW Tournament to compensate for potential postponements. Nevada's regular-season finale is Feb. 28 against Utah State with the conference tournament not starting until March 10, which would allow for the Nevada-SJSU series to be made up in that time period. SJSU, which had four non-conference games canceled as it searched for a home court following Santa Clara County's prohibitions, has not had any MW games postponed or canceled. That should pave the way for these teams to make up the two-game series between the end of the scheduled regular season and start of the postseason.

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