University of San Francisco wing Jordan Ratinho handles the ball on the sideline in a game against Sonoma State on Nov. 12, 2018, at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Dons men’s basketball postpones clash with Arizona State

Friday’s University of San Francisco men’s basketball game against Arizona State, slated for a 6:00 p.m. tip, has been postponed due to the air quality index levels which have topped 200 in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, peaking at 221 on Friday morning in the City.

As of Thursday evening, when the decision was made, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in San Francisco had already surpassed 200, even though AQI decreases with cooler temperatures in the evening. Earlier Thursday, the Dons cancelled all outdoor practices.

Athletic Director Scott Sidwell, along with Sun Devils AD Ray Anderson, are working to find alternate plans for the Dons (3-0) and Arizona State (3-0) to play the return date of a home-and-home that began with a 20-point blowout in Tempe last season. The date against the Sun Devils was to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, and would have been the first of three contests slated to be played against Pac-12 opponents. San Francisco will also face Cal (in Berkeley) and Stanford (in Palo Alto) later this season.

A preview of the Dons’ game against Arizona State — whenever it does happen — can be found here.

The Dons are next slated to face LIU-Brooklyn on Sunday for a 5 p.m. tipoff. That game is still scheduled to go off as planned, though a determination will be made Saturday, said a program spokesman. San Francisco will then host Harvard on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

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