Nebraska forced to postpone second basketball game this week due to COVID-19 concerns
Wednesday’s game between Nebraska and Illinois has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests on the team.
The pause on activities by the Huskers follows the postponement of Nebraska’s game with Purdue that was set to take place last Tuesday, after NU center Yvan Ouedraogo tested positive the day before. The Huskers played Indiana over the weekend but later postponed the game against the Fighting Illini.
Nebraska joins Penn State as a Big Ten program on a COVID pause. pic.twitter.com/P104GwSLIP
— Dylan Burkhardt (@umhoops) January 12, 2021
No determination has been made by the Nebraska program as to whether their pause on basketball activities will extend beyond Wednesday’s game, as NU has a game scheduled at Maryland on Saturday.
The announcement by Nebraska states that the pause on activities was “due to positive COVID-19 results among its Tier 1 personnel.”
Tier 1 personnel are defined to include student-athletes, coaches and any staff member whose job requires close regular contact, such as trainers or team managers.
According to an NU release, “individuals who have tested positive are in isolation and following all local and Lancaster County health guidelines. We will also conduct all the necessary procedures included in the Big Ten Conference protocols. Consistent with all of our athletic programs, we report any positive test result to the University, and it is included in its daily reports to the Lancaster County Health Department.”
Nebraska’s record currently stands at 4-8 overall, and 0-5 in Big Ten play.