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Ohio State Cancels Basketball Game Against Kentucky Amid COVID Uptick

Ohio State's E.J. Liddell, left, drives to the basket against Duke's Paolo Banchero during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Ohio State's E.J. Liddell, left, drives to the basket against Duke's Paolo Banchero during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.

A high number of positive COVID-19 results within the Ohio State men's basketball program has led to the cancellation of their game with Kentucky Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic.

In an emailed statement, OSU officials said the game, scheduled to be played in Las Vegas, will not be rescheduled.

"The safety and well-being of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and Ohio State community is the highest priority. All team-related activities have been suspended and the players and staff will continue to be tested according to Ohio State protocols in consultation with the Big Ten Conference," the statement said.

No decision has been made on when games will resume for the 15th-ranked Buckeyes. Their next scheduled game is at home on Tuesday against Tennessee-Martin.