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Kansas vs. Texas Big 12 tourney game canceled due to COVID-19 within Jayhawks program

The Big 12 semifinal is off the table, and Texas will advance to the Championship Game tomorrow night.

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts after a play against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half at T-Mobile Center. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Update 2:00 p.m. The Big 12 has made it official the game is off.

The Kansas Jayhawks have a positive COVID-19 test within their program, and will be forced to withdraw from the Big 12 Championship ahead of their semifinal game tonight against the Texas Longhorns.

Kansas had already left star junior forward David McCormack home because of COVID-19 protocols, as well as sophomore guard Tristan Enaruna.

With the positive test, the winner of tonight’s Oklahoma State vs. Baylor game will play the Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday night.

Kansas is ranked No. 11 in the current AP Poll, and was expected to receive a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament. Teams have until 11 p.m. tomorrow evening to inform the NCAA if they’re unable to participate in March Madness.

This would be a devastating end to the season for the Jayhawks, and it might be their last chance at The Big Dance for awhile, as the cloud of an ongoing NCAA investigation continues to hang over the program.