Penn State, Wisconsin postpone upcoming game due to COVID-19
There have been more cancellations and postponements in The Big Ten than we’re able to count since sports returned to play this fall.
The latest victim is Sunday’s men’s basketball tilt between Penn State and Wisconsin. Both programs released statements announcing the decision to postpone the game. This is the first overall Big Ten men’s conference matchup to be postponed.
Sunday’s game vs. No. 6/7 Wisconsin has been postponed. The decision was mutually agreed upon out of an abundance of caution surrounding the health and safety of the participants. https://t.co/KmteFro7Ud 🔵🦁⚪
— Penn State Men’s Basketball (@PennStateMBB) January 2, 2021
Sunday's game at Penn State is being postponed, as mutually agreed upon by both teams due to health and safety concerns
The two schools will work with the Big Ten Conference to reschedule the game
The Badgers will resume practice Monday ahead of Thursday's home game vs. Indiana pic.twitter.com/eF83jHfqA2
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) January 2, 2021
Originally, the game was a set for a Noon ET tipoff. At this point, a rescheduled time and date has yet to be announced. Unlike football, men’s basketball games are able to be rescheduled.
Based on the statements, it appears that this problem has more to do with Penn State’s COVID-19 issues as Wisconsin said in its statement the team will return to practice on Monday and is set to play Indiana on Thursday.
This is the Nittany Lions’ second postponed game of the season. Their season opener against Drexel was also postponed.
Penn State currently sits a 3-4 and 0-3 in B1G play. The latest loss came this past Wednesday when the Nittany Lions lost a close game to Indiana, 87-85.
Meanwhile, the Badgers sit in the top 10 and are off to a 9-2 start, 3-1 in conference play. After Wisconsin stubbed its toe on the road at Maryland early last week, the Badgers rebounded nicely with a 71-59 win over rival Minnesota on New Year’s Eve.