Key conference clash between Michigan State and Iowa postponed
The postponements of Big Ten basketball games are rising and another one had reportedly been added to the list on Wednesday.
The latest victim of COVID increases is Thursday’s Michigan State-Iowa matchup. This game, set to be a key one in the conference with Michigan State coming off a big blown lead, will no longer take place on Thursday, according to reports. Mark Emmert and Chad Leistikow with the Des Moines Register reported the cancellation.
According to the website, Michigan State is the squad dealing with COVID-19 cases. The Spartans had two players test positive for the virus on Wednesday. That fact was confirmed by head coach Tom Izzo. At the time Izzo revealed that news, he still believed his team would travel to Iowa City.
It appears, however, that is no longer the case. This is the first time Iowa has seen a game postponed due to COVID-19. There is no word yet on when/if this game would be rescheduled.
Michigan State quickly confirmed the growing number of reports just after 8 pm EST. According to the school’s release, a third Spartan tested positive Wednesday evening, forcing the cancellation.
MSU-Iowa officially postponed after a third COVID case among the Spartans. pic.twitter.com/CipuqoppSs
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) January 14, 2021
This is the latest in a growing list of postponements that is causing a serious shakeup in the Big Ten schedule. Penn State has been the team in the conference with the most postponements as the Nittany Lions had to pause all basketball activities earlier this season.