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Duke’s 24-year NCAA Tournament streak ends as season is cut short over positive test

Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils had won their first two tournament games, but were just 13-11 overall and 9-9 in ACC games.
Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils had won their first two tournament games, but were just 13-11 overall and 9-9 in ACC games.Jared C. Tilton/Getty

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Duke has pulled out of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament because of a positive coronavirus test and the resulting quarantining and contact tracing.

The school later announced it would end its season. The Blue Devils will finish with a 13-11 overall record after going 9-9 in ACC games.

“Since last March when the pandemic started, we have listened to our medical experts and always put safety at the forefront of any determinations regarding competition,” athletic director Kevin White said in a release. “As a result, this will end our 2020-21 season. We wish every team still playing college basketball good health and the very best during the next few weeks.”

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The ACC announced that the Blue Devils’ quarterfinal game with Florida State scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled. Duke had won its first two tournament games.

The Seminoles advanced to the ACC Tournament semifinals to play the winner of the North Carolina-Virginia Tech game.