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Detroit Mercy sits out weekend; roster depleted for contact tracing

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Detroit Mercy’s men’s basketball layoff has been extended.

The Titans’ weekend games in Milwaukee were canceled Wednesday because a Detroit Mercy program support agent tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the subsequent contact tracing, Detroit Mercy would not have enough players available for the games scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Detroit Mercy had six available players; Seven players are required under the rules of the league.

This is the second straight weekend that Detroit Mercy will not play after being suspended last weekend due to the player’s “mental health” concerns. Detroit Mercy head coach Mike Davis was unhappy that his team was forced by the Horizon League to play Oakland last weekend after Oakland competed in games at UIC where a referee later positive for COVID -19 had tested. The league said Oakland had been cleared for play.

Davis expressed displeasure with the circumstances and, according to a story on the news, Horizon League officials called a meeting with Davis and Detroit Mercy’s director of sport, Robert Vowels. Shortly after that conversation, the conference announced that it supported Detroit Mercy’s “mental health” hiatus.

No Detroit Mercy player has tested positive for COVID-19. A support agent also tested positive pre-season and canceled Detroit Mercy’s opening games at a Kentucky tournament.

Last week’s Detroit Mercy-UIC games and this week’s Detroit Mercy-Milwaukee games are no-contests. If Detroit Mercy had not played the Oakland Games, representatives of the Horizon League announced that they would be considered a forfeit.

The Horizon League also announced the cancellation of the Robert Morris IUPUI series on Wednesday, and announced that Milwaukee will play against IUPUI this weekend.

Detroit Mercy (1-7, 0-4 Horizon) will next play Green Bay at Calihan Hall January 15-16.

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