Iowa versus Michigan State men’s basketball game postponed due to coronavirus

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Iowa versus Michigan State men’s basketball game postponed due to coronavirus

The Iowa versus Michigan State men’s basketball game scheduled for this Thursday has been pushed back due to coronavirus cases reported in Spartan program. 

It is this winter’s first Hawkeye basketball game that has been impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. There wasn’t immediate information available on when this game would be replayed. 

On Wednesday, Tom Izzo, the coach of Michigan State said that two players of the team were diagnosed with coronavirus a couple of days ago; however, the team still was thinking of flying down to Iowa. The players from both the teams had to undergo coronavirus test again on Thursday before taking a final decision about the game’s status. 

However a press release by Michigan State issued on Wednesday showed that there was another COVID-19 positive case reported that afternoon. It didn’t reveal whether it was a coach or a player. Izzo himself recovered from coronavirus previously this season. Besides, his son Steven is presently under isolation post a coronavirus positive test. 

According to Big Ten protocols, if any student-athlete tests coronavirus positive, he needs to remain seated outside for seventeen days. 

In its press release, the University of Iowa said that the decision of postponing Thursday’s game was mutually agreed upon considering the caution surrounding safety and health of the participating players.