NCAA Mar 16, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; A view of the NCAA logo and basketball before the game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the UMBC Retrievers in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke’s withdrawal from the ACC Tournament on Thursday due to a positive COVID-19 test was just the start.

On Friday, two more high profile teams withdrew from their conference tournaments due to positive tests.

First, it was Virginia, who had to bow out of their game with Georgia Tech.

Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett said that “We are exhausting all options to participate in the NCAA Tournament.” The Yellow Jackets will face the winner of Florida State-North Carolina in the ACC Tournament final.

Hours later, it was Kansas who was felled by a positive test, forcing the cancellation of their game with Texas.

In a statement, Jayhawks head coach Bill Self said that “I look forward to preparing my team in probably a unique way for next week’s NCAA Tournament.” The Longhorns will face the winner of Baylor-Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament final.

Virginia and Kansas are both widely considered top four seeds in NCAA Tournament mock brackets, and it remains to be seen if their COVID issues will cost them seeding or a spot in the tournament.

Duke, Virginia, and Kansas are the highest profile teams to be eliminated from their conference tournaments due to positive tests, but they are far from the only ones. North Carolina A&T, the top seed in the MEAC Tournament, were bumped because of a positive test, as were FIU and Northern Iowa.

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