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Boston College, UMass basketball, Northeastern men’s hockey among smattering of postponements this week

BC coach Jim Christian's team has been hit with a positive test.
BC coach Jim Christian's team has been hit with a positive test.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

COVID-19 and the protocols local college programs are using to stay safe from the virus continue to upend their schedules.

The Boston College men’s program was scheduled for a 5 p.m. tipoff Wednesday at Virginia Tech, but the BC athletic department announced Tuesday morning the game has been postponed because of a positive COVID-19 test in the program, along with subsequent contact tracing and quarantining. On Tuesday evening, the ACC announced it postponed Thursday’s BC women’s game against Clemson for the same reason.

UMass released a statement ahead of its 6 p.m. Wednesday game against Saint Louis at the Mullins Center saying the Atlantic-10 matchup would be postponed, but gave no reason. The Saint Louis team has been on pause because of recent positive tests; the Billikens haven’t played since Dec. 23.

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The BC men last played on Saturday, an 80-70 loss to Notre Dame. The BC women played on Sunday and also lost to Notre Dame, 83-73.

The Minutemen last played on Sunday, defeating Fordham, 65-46.

Northeastern athletics announced Tuesday that the men’s hockey team’s home-and-home series with UNH, scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, is also postponed. Hockey East also announced that previously released composite men’s and women’s schedules will be set aside and that the rest of the season will be scheduled on a weekly basis. The move was made to create parity while still adhering to COVID-19 protocols. Here is this weekend’s Hockey East men’s schedule:

Friday

Providence at UMass– 3 p.m.

Maine at Boston University – 3:30 p.m. (NESN)

UConn at Boston College – 4 p.m.

Merrimack at New Hampshire – 7 p.m.

Saturday

Boston College at UConn - 4 p.m.

New Hampshire at Merrimack - 4 p.m.

Maine at Boston University – 6:30 p.m.

UMass at Providence – 7 p.m. (NESN+)