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Boston University Terriers, Holy Cross Crusaders will don masks on court during Tuesday’s NCAA matchup

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There will be a bit of a different wrinkle when the Boston University Terriers men’s basketball team hosts the Holy Cross Crusaders on Tuesday night in an NCAA matchup.

Jeff Borzello of ESPN reported players from both teams will wear masks even while on the court, the first game in which players from both teams will don the masks on the floor:

Boston University and Holy Cross will both wear masks for Tuesday’s men’s college basketball game, a Boston University spokesperson told ESPN.

The game is believed to be the first in men’s college basketball this season in which both teams will be wearing masks on the court.

Borzello cited a Stadium report detailing BU’s mandate for all opponents to wear masks during games on BU’s campus. Players will not be required to wear masks when the two teams meet again on Monday at Holy Cross.

The Patriot League was one of the conferences to eliminate non-conference play. Thus, Monday’s game will be the first for both the Terriers and Crusaders.

Tuesday’s game will mark a rather unprecedented occasion, but one reflecting the seriousness with which a lot of NCAA schools are taking the coronavirus pandemic as the collegiate season progresses.

Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke men’s program made headlines when the Blue Devils canceled non-conference play last month. In fact, Coach K himself would have missed the team’s weekend showdown with the Florida State Seminoles were it not for an FSU player testing positive for COVID-19 and forcing postponement.

Schools across the country are hoping to mitigate issues regarding exposure to the virus. The NCAA also finalized a plan to host the 2021 NCAA Tournament entirely in Indianapolis.

The Terriers and Crusaders will take precautions to the max by wearing masks on the court on Tuesday.