East Carolina's game at Wichita State, scheduled for Sunday at 12 noon ET in Kansas, has been postponed due to a COVID-19 related pause within the Pirates' program, the university announced on Tuesday afternoon. There's no information on when the game could be made up at this time. ECU's next scheduled game in men's basketball is Saturday, Feb. 27 at Tulsa.

The Pirates last played on Monday, Feb. 8 against SMU. ECU has now had seven conference games postponed or canceled due to COVID-19 issues. It was announced earlier this week by the American that the second matchup between ECU and Wichita State - scheduled to be played in Greenville - would not be played at all. Now it's unclear if the Pirates and Shockers will be able to play at any point this year.

Sources tell Hoist The Colours that multiple ECU basketball players are currently involved in COVID-19 protocols as a result of recent testing. The Pirates initially went into a pause last Wednesday.

This is the seventh American Athletic Conference game ECU has had postponed or canceled this season, and the 11th overall. The Pirates lost the trip to the Gulf Coast Classic, which was scheduled to be three games, before canceling their game against Belmont-Abbey. ECU has now had both games against Wichita State postponed, while also losing two games against Temple, and one apiece versus Cincinnati, USF and Houston. There are just three games remaining on the current schedule: at Tulsa (Feb. 27), UCF (March 4) and Cincinnati (March 7).

Pirate head coach Joe Dooley said on Monday night during his coaches show the team was still awaiting further testing before making a decision on playing the Wichita game or not.

“We’ve probably got three or four scenarios that are pending,” Dooley said. “I wouldn’t put odds on (the Wichita game) because I don’t know. There are still some tests pending. It’s a daily deal. It’s literally minute-to-minute. We’ve got some guys that are in COVID protocol and then we’ve got contact tracing. We’re continuing to test every day. There’s just a lot of different scenarios we’re involved with.”

ECU is 8-8 overall and 2-8 in American Athletic Conference action. This is the second extended pause ECU has dealt with since beginning conference play.