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Vols men's basketball program extends shutdown, won't play No. 1 Gonzaga

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KNOXVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 19: Lamonte Turner #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers dribbles in front of Saben Lee #0 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during their game at Thompson-Boling Arena on February 19, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won the game 58-46. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

After receiving Monday's COVID-19 test results, the University of Tennessee men's basketball program is extending its pause on team activities.

The Volunteers will not travel to Indianapolis for next week's Jimmy V Classic, where they were scheduled to face top-ranked Gonzaga. Tennessee will not play at Notre Dame on Dec. 4 which is a game that had been reported but was never officially announced due to the contract not yet being finalized.

The program now hopes to return to action on Saturday, Dec. 5, with its first game currently set for Dec. 12 against Cincinnati in Knoxville.

Head coach Rick Barnes, who has been diagnosed with the virus and is in isolation at his home, is experiencing very mild symptoms but is generally feeling well, the press release added.

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