On New Year’s Day, the BYU basketball team was set to board a flight to San Diego for a West Coast Conference game against the Toreros when the contest was postponed due to COVID-19 issues with USD’s team. 

Tuesday, about a month later — on Groundhog Day — the Cougars were dealt similar news just hours before they were supposed to play USD on Tuesday night at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Once again, the game was called off because of COVID-19 concerns with San Diego, sources confirmed to the Deseret News. 

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This is the second BYU game that has been postponed in the past week. 

The Cougars (14-4, 5-2) were supposed to host San Francisco last Saturday but that game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Dons’ program.

BYU ended up playing Pacific instead. The Cougars won 95-87 in double overtime. 

BYU is scheduled to play at Portland on Thursday (5 p.m., MST, KJZZ-TV). 

The rest of the Cougars’ scheduled regular-season games: Saint Mary’s (Feb. 11), San Diego (Feb. 13), at Pacific (Feb. 18), at Loyola Marymount (Feb. 20), Santa Clara (Feb. 25), Gonzaga (Feb. 27).