UPDATE: The Orange Bowl has announced that the UCF-FSU game scheduled for Saturday has officially been canceled.
Game One to proceed; Game Two of the 2021 AutoNation Orange Bowl Basketball Classic between the Florida State Seminoles and the UCF Knights has been canceled due to Covid protocols.— Capital One Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 17, 2021
UCF has announced they are actively searching for a replacement opponent.
Our game against the Seminoles tomorrow has been canceled.— UCF Men’s Hoops (@UCF_MBB) December 17, 2021
We're actively trying to pursue another opponent as a replacement.https://t.co/3s3JKWXxpo
The Florida State Seminoles men’s basketball team is reportedly out of the Orange Bowl Classic this weekend due to an outbreak of COVID, and as a result, the UCF Knights and the event’s organizers are scrambling to find a replacement opponent for their scheduled game on Saturday at Sunrise has been cancelled.
DraftKings Nation, our SB Nation sister site, was first to report the news.
This is the second straight season that the Knights and ‘Noles game at the Orange Bowl Classic has been affected by COVID. Last season the game was moved from Sunrise to Tallahassee, where the Knights would win.
Word starting coming out about the game being cancelled in the afternoon on Friday:
Hearing that FSU vs. UCF is canceled tomorrow due to Covid in Tallahassee. Knights looking for a replacement team if they can find one for game in Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise, Florida.— Collin Sherwin (@CollinSherwin) December 17, 2021
Neither UCF nor Florida State have officially announced any cancellation or postponement yet.
One possibility could be Duke, who lost their game with Loyola Maryland on Saturday:
Duke back looking for opponent after Saturday's game against Loyola Maryland has been canceled following an announcement by Loyola of positive COVID-19 results within its program.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) December 17, 2021
This story has been updated.