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Two Gonzaga players unavailable for Auburn game because of Covid-19 protocols

One Zags player and another member of the support staff both tested positive, but Gonzaga played against Auburn today anyway.

Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few and Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self greet at the end of the game at Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Update 1:20 p.m.: Head coach Mark Few confirms the Zags had one player test positive for Covid-19.

Two members of the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs will be unavailable for their tilt with the Auburn Tigers today because of Covid-19 contact tracing and tournament protocol issues.

Despite original reports, the players did not test positive and were either in violation of protocols, or subject to contact tracing restrictions.

Both players were available for the Zags 102-90 win over the Kansas Jayhawks on Thursday. Dominick Harris and Julian Strawther combined for five minutes in garbage time and no stats in yesterday’s win over Kansas.

A breach of protocol being the cause gives teams an extra incentive to be careful, as Gonzaga did have one non-player test positive upon arriving in Fort Myers, and they are quarantining as well. The tournament is taking additional precautions with no fans allowed in the lower deck of the Suncoast Credit Union Arena and tickets only sold in pairs to socially-distanced fans.

Gonzaga remains an 18-point favorite over Auburn for Friday’s game at DraftKings Sportsbook.