Late Saturday night, the University of Michigan announced that it was going on a department-wide pause for the next 14 days. At the request of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there will be no team activities, including practices, games or individual training sessions for the next two weeks.

An increased number of positive COVID-19 cases with the B.1.1.7 variant have occurred within the Wolverines’ athletic department, and it’s shutting down out of an abundance of caution. That means the men’s basketball team — which is currently atop the B1G standings — will be forced to postpone or cancel at least four games.

Michigan is 13-1 on the season and ranked No. 7 nationally. The Wolverines sit at 8-1 in the B1G, currently the best mark in the conference. Unfortunately, the 14-day pause means the team will not be in action until Thursday, Feb. 11 at the earliest, for a game against No. 22 Illinois (10-5).

Here’s a look at the games the Wolverines will have to either postpone or cancel in the next two weeks:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 27: at Penn State (5-6)
  • Saturday, Jan. 30: vs. Indiana (9-6)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3: at Northwestern (6-8)
  • Saturday, Feb. 6: vs. Michigan State (8-4)

The Wolverines were most recently in action on Friday, when they traveled to West Lafayette to play Purdue. Michigan won the game 70-53.