Michigan State’s efforts to get back on track following a 2-4 start to Big Ten play are hitting a snag after two players tested positive for COVID-19. After Thursday’s scheduled game at Iowa was postponed, it has also been announced that Sunday’s showdown with Indiana has been postponed as well.
Indiana and Michigan State are expected to work with the league to “identify options for rescheduling the contest,” according to an announcement from Indiana. For Michigan State, the consecutive postponed games could end up meaning the program goes 15 days between games at a time when it is trying to cement an identity in the nation’s toughest conference. Michigan State’s next scheduled game is Jan. 23 against Illinois.
The Spartans rose to No. 4 in the AP poll amid a 6-0 start but have since dropped from the poll after losing four of six games to begin conference play, including a 55-54 home loss to Purdue on Friday. Coach Tom Izzo said Wednesday that players Steven Izzo and Mady Sissoko tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m really disappointed, but it just goes to prove that this can affect anyone,” Tom Izzo said. “I feel so comfortable that me, my son and my players did everything possible and followed every protocol as best we could. I’m really, really impressed with the way they have conducted themselves. This virus does not discriminate and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow protocols.”
Upcoming notable postponements or cancellationsJan. 14: Michigan State at IowaJan. 14: SMU at MemphisJan. 14: Arizona State at OregonJan. 14: Houston at South FloridaJan. 16: Georgia Tech at NC StateJan. 16: Georgetown at ProvidenceJan. 16: Arizona at OregonJan. 16: TCU at West VirginiaJan. 16: Xavier at Seton HallJan. 17: Wichita State at SMUJan. 17: Indiana at Michigan StateJan. 19: Oklahoma State at West VirginiaJan. 20: Georgetown at Marquette
TEAMS NOT COMPETING IN 2020-21
Bethune-CookmanMaryland-Eastern ShoreChicago State (suspended season after 0-9 start, citing decision to “focus on the health, safety, and academic pursuits of the Men’s Basketball student-athletes.”)Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale Previous notable postponements or cancellations Nov. 25: UTSA at Oklahoma Nov. 25: Virginia vs. Maine (Uncasville, Connecticut)Nov. 25: Central Arkansas at Ole MissNov. 25: Gardner-Webb at Duke — rescheduled for Dec. 19, then canceledNov. 25: Northern Arizona at ArizonaNov. 25-27: Creighton at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)Nov. 25-27: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls)Nov. 25: Western Illinois at DePaulNov. 25: UMass Lowell vs. FloridaNov. 25: Stanford vs. Utah ValleyNov. 25: Drexel at Penn StateNov. 26: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire Classic (Uncasville)Nov. 26: Jackson State vs. Ole MissNov. 27: Arkansas State at Ole MissNov. 27; Baylor at Empire Classic (Uncasville)Nov. 27: Virginia vs. Florida (Uncasville)Nov. 27: Florida State vs. Gardner-Webb — rescheduled for Dec. 21Nov. 28 Oklahoma at UCFNov. 28: Chicago State at DePaulNov. 29: Baylor at Seton HallNov. 29: Gardner-Webb at GeorgiaNov. 30: Long Beach State at UCLANov. 30: Belmont Abbey at CharlotteDec. 1: Towson at Maryland Dec. 1: Alcorn State at DePaulDec. 1: Vanderbilt vs. UConn (Uncasville)Dec. 2: Colorado at Arizona — rescheduled for Dec. 28Dec. 3: Vanderbilt at Legends Classic (Uncasville)Dec. 4: UNC Greensboro at LouisvilleDec. 4: Florida A&M at South FloridaDec. 5: Gonzaga vs. Baylor (Indianapolis)Dec. 5: NC State vs. UConn: (Uncasville)Dec. 5: Alabama A&M at Ohio StateDec. 5: James Madison at MarylandDec. 5: UT-Martin at IllinoisDec. 5: Purdue-Fort Wayne at Notre DameDec. 5: Ole Miss at Memphis Dec. 6: Florida A&M at NebraskaDec. 6: DePaul at Iowa StateDec. 8: Fordham at Saint John’sDec. 8: Tarleton State at GonzagaDec. 9: Louisville at WisconsinDec. 9: Michigan State at VirginiaDec. 9: NC State at MichiganDec. 9: Robert Morris at West VirginiaDec. 10: Southern at GonzagaDec. 11: Saint John’s at UConnDec. 12: Xavier at Providence Dec. 12: Northern Arizona at GonzagaDec. 12: Charleston Southern at DukeDec. 12: Saint John’s at Texas TechDec. 13: Stanford at USC Dec. 13: SIU-Edwardsville at NorthwesternDec. 13: Texas at BaylorDec. 13: William & Mary at Virginia Dec. 13: UConn at GeorgetownDec. 15: Tarleton State at BaylorDec. 15: Detroit at KentuckyDec. 15: Seton Hall at XavierDec. 16: NC State at LouisvilleDec. 16: Northern Iowa at WisconsinDec. 18: Xavier at DePaul Dec. 17: DePaul at Providence Dec. 19: Virginia vs. Villanova (at Madison Square Garden)Dec. 19: Gardner-Webb at DukeDec. 19: Houston at AlabamaDec. 19: South Carolina at ClemsonDec. 21: San Diego at ArizonaDec. 22: Notre Dame at SyracuseDec. 22: VCU at LSUDec. 22: UNLV at WyomingDec. 23: UCLA at OregonDec. 23: South Carolina State at South CarolinaDec. 23: UConn at DePaulDec. 29: South Carolina at KentuckyDec. 30: Syracuse at Wake ForestDec. 31: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 2: North Carolina at Syracuse (rescheduled for Jan. 12)Jan. 2: DePaul at St. John’sJan. 2: Arizona State at WashingtonJan. 2: Memphis at TempleJan. 2: Virginia Tech at VirginiaJan. 2: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 3: Wisconsin at Penn StateJan. 4: San Diego State at UNLVJan. 5: Villanova at DePaulJan. 5: Memphis at UCFJan. 5: Nebraska at PurdueJan. 6: Georgia Tech at Notre DameJan. 6: UMass at George WashingtonJan. 6: Penn State at Ohio StateJan. 6: Oregon State at UtahJan. 6: Temple at TulaneJan. 7: Gonzaga vs. Santa ClaraJan. 8: Villanova vs. MarquetteJan. 9: Florida State at Pittsburgh Jan. 9: Clemson at North CarolinaJan. 9: South Carolina at Ole Miss Jan. 9: Oregon State at ColoradoJan. 9: LSU at Missouri Jan. 9: Virginia Tech at LouisvilleJan. 9: Michigan at Penn StateJan. 12: Clemson at SyracuseJan. 12: West Virginia at BaylorJan. 12: Vanderbilt at MissouriJan. 12: Tennessee at VanderbiltJan. 12: Tennessee at South CarolinaJan. 13: Illinois at NebraskaJan. 13: DePaul at GeorgetownJan. 13: Iowa State at Kansas StateJan. 13: Villanova at Xavier