Remember that Iowa-Michigan State game that was supposed to happen on Thursday, January 14? It's back!
The originally-slated Iowa-Sparty tilt was postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the MSU program. It was the first of two recent Iowa men's basketball games to be postponed due to COVID-19; Iowa's game with Nebraska (scheduled for January 24) was also postponed.
The Big Ten's policy has been to not reschedule games until the afflicted program is able to return to basketball activities, but Sparty is now back at work and set to play Rutgers on Thursday. That will be Michigan State's first game in 20 days, since a 55-54 loss to Purdue on January 8. It's also the start of a very busy stretch for the Spartans: they're currently set to face Rutgers on 1/28, Ohio State on 1/31, and Iowa on 2/2 -- all on the road. Yikes.
The MSU game will be the middle of a pretty busy week for Iowa hoops as well. Iowa faces #19 Illinois in Champaign on Friday, January 29 (8 PM CT, FS1), then hosts Michigan State on Tuesday, February 2 (TBD, FS1) and Ohio State on Thursday, February 4 (6 PM CT, ESPN). After just one game in 12 days (last Thursday's 81-69 thud against Indiana), Iowa will have three games in seven days starting Friday. Maybe it will help prepare Iowa for the games that come fast and furious during tournament play in March? Let's hope everyone is healthy and ready to go starting Friday -- the softer part of Iowa's Big Ten schedule is over and things are going to get intense for the stretch run.
Don't forget that you can always get Iowa's updated schedule information, including tip-off times and TV broadcast details, on our schedule page.