The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team is in the middle of one of the longest novel coronavirus-related breaks that any team in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) has had this season.
The AAC announced on Wednesday that the Bearcats' game on Saturday against No. 8 Houston has been postponed due to "positive COVID-19 cases and the ensuing contact tracing of student-athletes at Cincinnati."
UC (3-7) hasn't played since an 82-76 loss to Wichita State on Jan. 10. Only three teams in the AAC have had a break this season that lasted longer than 15 days, and now that list includes the Bearcats.
UC's next scheduled game is Wednesday, Jan. 27, against Wichita State. If that matchup occurs, the Bearcats will go 17 days between games. If that game is also postponed, UC's next scheduled game is Saturday, Jan. 30, against South Florida.
The conference's longest break this season was Temple's 21-day pause at the start of the college basketball season. The longest midseason break in the AAC was Memphis' 19-day pause in early January.
The Bearcats are scheduled to play 20 conference games this season. While one of the postponed games, a matchup against Tulane, was rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, the other games have not yet been rescheduled.
For UC to complete its schedule by the end of the regular season, the Bearcats would have to play 15 games between Jan. 27 and March 7, which is a 39-day stretch.
UC was initially scheduled to face Temple on Wednesday, but that game was postponed on Tuesday. Just over 24 hours later, the Bearcats had yet another game rescheduled.
UC has played 10 games this season, which is the fourth-fewest in the AAC.