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Utah basketball’s home game against Oregon State postponed

Utah’s Alfonso Plummer, center, drives to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles.
Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

The Utah men’s basketball team’s next scheduled game — at home against Oregon State on Wednesday — has been postponed, the school announced Tuesday.

Oregon State alerted Utah the game would need to be postponed due to COVID-19 testing and contacting tracing protocols. Both teams will work with the Pac-12 to try and find an agreeable date to reschedule the game.

It’s the Utes’ second Pac-12 game to be postponed, including a matchup with Arizona State scheduled right before Christmas.

Utah’s next scheduled game is now a home contest against No. 17 Oregon on Sunday. The Ducks, who are 8-1 and 3-0 in league play, are the lone Pac-12 team ranked in the top 25 polls.

The Utes (4-3, 1-2 Pac-12) are coming off a two-game California road trip, where they lost to UCLA and USC. Utah fell in a close, two-point game against the Bruins, then a cold shooting spell in the second half cost the Utes in an 18-point loss against the Trojans.

Even with the Oregon State game postponement, Utah’s next three scheduled games will be played at the Huntsman Center — against Oregon, Stanford (Jan. 13) and California (Jan. 16).