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Another Xavier opponent felled by Covid

Toledo, an opponent in Xavier’s MTE tournament, is missing practice due to positive tests.

NCAA Basketball: Toledo at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Any attempts to preview this college basketball season as if it were normal is continually undone by more news on the coronavirus. This week has been no different, as another one of Xavier’s opponents joins Marquette in having suspended basketball activity due to positive Covid tests.

The Toledo Rockets are slate to be one of the teams in Xavier’s season opening Multi-Team Event. This week, an outbreak on the Toledo campus has taken down at least six Rockets players and their coach, Tod Kowalczyk. Kowalczyk sounded mildly surprised at how the virus spreads, telling the Toledo Blade, “I think this is a perfect example, and according to our medical staff, probably how I got it is an asymptomatic player brought it into the program and they don’t know that because they don’t have any symptoms. That’s the problem.”

The Rockets are suspending all activity for two weeks in an attempt to be ready for their season opener. Hopefully those efforts are successful and the team is able to string together the negative tests they will need in order to travel to Xavier come late November. If any of the currently infected players re-develops Covid symptoms in the next 90 days, it is likely that Toledo will miss the MTE. As of now the Rockets plan to return to practice on the 4th of November.

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