Louisville also said it was pausing all team-related activities indefinitely due to multiple positive tests. Starting center Malik Williams missed the Cardinals' loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday due to COVID-19 protocols, but everyone else was available for that game.
Kentucky later announced it would host Western Kentucky on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET, with a charitable component to the game providing support for those who were impacted by the recent tornadoes in the state.
We will host @WKUBasketball on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena in place of the originally scheduled rivalry game vs. Louisville.— Kentucky Men's Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 20, 2021
UK Athletics is working on a charitable component from the game that will provide support for those who were affected by the tornadoes. pic.twitter.com/lPhIOgBUxz
This marks the Wildcats' second straight game with a different opponent than originally scheduled, as they pivoted from Ohio State to North Carolina in Saturday's CBS Sports Classic. Kentucky beat the Tar Heels 98-69.
Both Louisville and Kentucky said they will attempt to reschedule their in-state rivalry game.
If the two programs are unable to reschedule the game, it would be the first time since the 1981-82 season that Louisville and Kentucky didn't play each other, according to Sports Reference's database. Kentucky leads the overall series 37-17.