We have some unfortunate news to share out of the Southeastern Conference as Kentucky’s upcoming non-conference matchup against Texas has been canceled.

This game was set to be part of the SEC vs. Big 12 Challenge between the two leagues. Instead, the game has been canceled and Kentucky has placed its program under a 48-hour pause following a COVID outbreak within the program.

The news was announced on Friday morning.

Here is the official announcement from Kentucky:

The Kentucky men’s basketball program has been put on a 48-hour pause, including the cancellation of Saturday’s game vs. Texas, due to a combination of positive testing, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the program. The decision is consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 and UK Athletics COVID-19 management requirements.

The SEC’s COVID-19 management requirements, as developed by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, are available on SECsports.com (PDF). The health and safety of Wildcat student-athletes, coaches and staff remains UK Athletics’ No. 1 priority.

UK ticket holders will receive further communication via email, including if additional changes are made to Kentucky’s schedule throughout the season. Given the unusual nature of this season – specifically, the current unknowns related to postponed games getting rescheduled or canceled games getting replaced – UK Athletics appreciates the continued support, flexibility and understanding of its ticket holders. For games that are canceled and not rescheduled, UK Athletics will evaluate credit and refund options for the ticket portion of payment at the conclusion of the season.

This is the first cancellation of the season for Kentucky. UK’s previously scheduled games vs. Detroit Mercy and South Carolina were postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols within those programs. Make-up dates for those games have not been determined.