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Nevada-San Jose State series postponed due to COVID-19 issues within Nevada program

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The two-game series between the Nevada Wolf Pack men’s basketball team and the San Jose State Spartans, scheduled for Feb. 13 and 15, has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Nevada program, the conference announced Friday.

“Due to COVID-19 issues within the Nevada men’s basketball program, the two-game series between the Wolf Pack and San José State, scheduled for Feb. 13-15, has been postponed,” the Mountain West released via a statement. “Further updates and schedule adjustments by the Mountain West will be announced at a later date.”

This marks Nevada’s first Mountain West series that has been cancelled in the 2020-21 season.

The program had only one other game cancelled: its second game of the home-road series versus San Francisco in non-conference play — occurring due to San Francisco’s department of health prohibiting the hosting of athletic events. Nevada immediately made it up with a contest against NAIA’s William Jessup, which filled in to complete Nevada’s maximum seven-game non-conference schedule.

The Pack’s last regular season game is scheduled on Feb. 28 and the Mountain West Tournament is slated to begin on March 10 — so a window still is open for the postponed series to be played.

How does this affect Nevada’s seeding for the Mountain West Tournament?

Approaching the final leg of the 2020-21 regular season, Nevada sits in fifth place in the Mountain West standings at 9-5 (14-7 overall). It rests 2.5 games back of first-place Utah State, who are winners of 13 of its last 15 after beginning the season 1-3.

If the Pack secured a five-seed, they would earn a first-round bye, but play the No. 4-seed on March 11. There is also a 2.5-game difference between them and Fresno State, who is slotted in the No. 6 seed. So Nevada is not in immediate danger of losing its first-round bye opportunity, barring a collapse.

With six games to go entering this weekend, Nevada’s aspirations for catching Utah State would have been a tough task to accomplish. Factoring in the postponement makes the chase for a one-seed a much more daunting task — unless the two games do get rescheduled.

Nevada, who entered the weekend on a four-game win streak, sit one game behind San Diego State (9-3) and two games behind Boise State and Colorado State (who are both 11-3) in the Mountain West standings. Its following two series are against Colorado State (at home) and Utah State (on the road) in its series finale. So there is still time to move up in the standings, though it’s against two of the conference’s best teams.