Per its website, the program made the decision after consulting with its medical personnel. The team said it hopes to reschedule the game with Gardner-Webb.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has, throughout the preseason, promoted the idea of a league-only schedule for college basketball because of logistical and health concerns around COVID-19. After the NCAA announced its plans to host its tournament in one city last week -- basketball officials have already discussed the concept with officials in Indianapolis -- Krzyzewski again expressed his concerns about the Wednesday start date for college basketball.
NEWS: Our game Wednesday night vs. Gardner-Webb has been postponed following a positive COVID-19 test within the Gardner-Webb program.— Duke Men's Basketball (@DukeMBB) November 23, 2020
Our season opener is now scheduled for this Saturday vs. Coppin State in Cameron (2 PM ET, ACC Network Extra).
The season-opening matchups involving standouts such as Duke, Arizona State, Baylor, Florida and Villanova have either been altered, canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.
"I'm glad that [the NCAA is] looking at different things, including I would hope they always keep in mind that if it did get bad, worse than what it is, that maybe you could have [the season] later," Krzyzewski said last week. "I've always been a proponent of that, starting the season later."
In addition, Gardner-Webb's basketball game at Georgia scheduled for Sunday has been canceled. Georgia said the decision followed the positive COVID-19 test in the Gardner-Webb program.
Georgia said it hopes to find another team to play Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.