Through 13 games in the 2020-21 season, Iowa men's basketball had avoided any COVID-related pitfalls on their way to an 11-2 start and a Top 5 ranking. Alas, that streak has come to an end. Thursday night's scheduled game with Michigan State has been postponed.
SCHEDULE UPDATE II— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) January 14, 2021
Thursday's Big Ten game between MSU & Iowa is being postponed as mutually agreed upon out of an abundance of caution surrounding the health and safety of the participants.
The institutions will work with the Conference to identify rescheduling options. pic.twitter.com/3o8ydJenUv
Issues arose when a pair of Michigan State players, Steven Izzo and Mady Sissoko, were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier on Wednesday.
MSUs Tom Izzo said Mady Sissoko and Steven Izzo are positive for COVID-19. They are roommates.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) January 13, 2021
When will this game be rescheduled? Who knows! The rest of the Big Ten season is likely to be a game of musical chairs in terms of rearranged games and newly postponed games. Fingers crossed the league is able to get all games in somehow. Meanwhile, Iowa's next game is scheduled to be
a trip to Evanston to play Northwestern on Sunday, January 17 at 8 PM CT, with television coverage from BTN.
EDIT: Just kidding! Iowa-Northwestern has been moved up to earlier on Sunday:
Let's try this again, maybe the third time is the charm...— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) January 14, 2021
Sunday's Iowa-Northwestern game has been moved to 11 am CT and will be broadcast nationally on CBS.
Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery will be on the call. #Hawkeyes
Eagle and Raftery? CBS? Business is picking up!