Villanova pauses hoops, coach Wright tests positive

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Villanova head coach Jay Wright reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Joseph’s, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Villanova coach Jay Wright has tested positive for COVID-19 and the No. 5 Wildcats have paused basketball activities.

Wright says in a statement issued Sunday by Villanova that he another staff member tested positive. Wright says he has been experiencing mild symptoms.

Villanova’s game against Xavier scheduled for Saturday has been postponed, but the school outside Philadelphia says no determination has been made for games beyond this week. The next game on the Wildcats’ schedule is Jan. 5 at DePaul.

Earlier this month, Wright got St. John’s to agree to postpone a Big East matchup scheduled for Dec. 30 so the Villanova players could be off over the holidays, with Wright saying they “needed a break.”

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