Michigan won’t be giving up its spot atop the Big Ten standings anytime soon, at least not until Feb. 11, which is the date of the Wolverines’ next scheduled game as the program sits in an extended hiatus due to COVID-19 issues. The university announced on Jan. 23 that its entire athletic department would go on a two-week pause after the B.1.1.7 variant was found within the athletic department.
That means the No. 4 Wolverines (13-1, 8-1) will remain the only one-loss team in the league for the time being as their games against Penn State, Indiana, Northwestern and Michigan State have all been postponed. But it also means that coach Juwan Howard’s team won’t be able to practice, which could be a blow to player conditioning as the regular season’s stretch run nears.
“Canceling competitions is never something we want to do, but with so many unknowns about this variant of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to minimize the spread among student-athletes, coaches, staff, and to the student-athletes at other schools, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said.
Michigan isn’t the only major conference team dealing with COVID-19 problems. Oregon announced Jan. 26 that it is pausing all team activities due to COVID-19 protocols, forcing two games against UCLA and a game against USC to be postponed. UConn has also been forced to make two postponements this week after sharing the court with a referee who later tested positive.
Upcoming notable postponements or cancellationsJan. 27: Wichita State at CincinnatiJan. 27: Temple at South FloridaJan. 27: Boston College at ClemsonJan. 28: Villanova at UConnJan. 28: Oregon at UCLAJan. 30: San Francisco at BYUJan. 30: St. Bonaventure at DavidsonJan. 30: Indiana at MichiganJan. 30: Boston College at LouisvilleJan. 30: Cincinnati at South FloridaJan. 30: Oregon at USCJan. 31: UConn at St. John’sFeb. 1: Oregon at UCLAFeb. 3: Michigan at NorthwesternFeb. 6: Santa Clara at GonzagaFeb. 6: Michigan State at Michigan
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 XavierJan. 14: Michigan State at IowaJan. 14: SMU at MemphisJan. 14: Arizona State at OregonJan. 14: Houston at South FloridaJan. 16: Iowa State at KansasJan. 16: Oklahoma at Oklahoma StateJan. 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. 18: Notre Dame at HowardJan. 19: Oklahoma State at West VirginiaJan. 19: UCLA at OregonJan. 20: Texas at Iowa StateJan. 20: Texas Tech at TCUJan. 20: NC State at VirginiaJan. 20: Boston College at Virginia TechJan. 20: Nebraska at MinnesotaJan. 20: Xavier at UConnJan. 20: Georgetown at MarquetteJan. 20: East Carolina at South FloridaJan. 20: Texas A&M at VanderbiltJan. 20: SMU at TulaneJan. 20: Cincinnati at TempleJan. 21: USC at StanfordJan. 22: Seton Hall at ButlerJan. 23: Texas at TCUJan. 23: Iowa State at Texas TechJan. 23: Illinois at Michigan StateJan. 23: Tulane at TulsaJan. 23: Pittsburgh at Boston CollegeJan. 24: Nebraska at IowaJan. 24: South Florida at Wichita StateJan. 26: Georgetown at Xavier