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Duke is done: Blue Devils to go home from Greensboro after positive COVID-19 test

COVID-19 claims a team that was playing for NCAA Tournament spot today against Florida State in the ACC tournament.

Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski watches his team play the Louisville Cardinals during the second half in the second round of the 2021 ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.  Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

Update 12:45 p.m. Duke will not accept an NIT bid.

UPDATE 11:00 a.m. The ACC makes it official.

The Duke Blue Devils are on their way home from the ACC Tournament thanks to a positive COVID-19 test, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.

The Blue Devils had beaten Boston College and Louisville to set up today’s tilt with No. 2 seed Florida State. With a win over the Seminoles, it’s likely they were in the NCAA Tournament. But without it, the season is probably over unless they choose to accept an NIT bid.

It was a long year for the Blue Devils, who went on a COVID-19 pause earlier this year and didn’t play a game between December 16th and January 6th. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski had previously questioned if even playing college basketball this season was a good idea, and the struggles on and off the court seemed to be adding up for what was the No. 9 in the AP preseason poll.

That is all academic now, as Florida State will go directly to the semifinals and face the winner of tonight’s Virginia Tech-North Carolina game on Friday evening.