Illinois men’s, women’s basketball games postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests


The Illinois women’s basketball team huddles during its game against Eastern Kentucky at State Farm Center on Dec. 5. The Illini men’s and women’s basketball teams had games affected by COVID-19 cases within each program.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

Both Illinois basketball teams have called off their games this week because of COVID-19 cases on Illinois’ side.

Early Monday morning, Illinois athletics announced the men’s basketball game vs. Florida A&M, scheduled for Wednesday, was canceled due to COVID-19 cases within the Illinois men’s basketball program. The game will not be rescheduled.

Later Monday afternoon, Illinois athletics announced the women’s basketball game vs. Maryland, scheduled for Thursday, would not be played due to COVID-19 cases in the Illinois program. It’s unclear what the next steps are for that game.

The CDC updated its COVID-19 guidelines Monday that asymptomatic people can quarantine for five days and wear a mask if they are around other people for another five days after testing positive for COVID-19. Illinois athletics didn’t detail if anyone who tested positive was showing symptoms of COVID-19,

It is unclear whether games slotted for later this week — the men’s team is scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sunday night and the women’s team is scheduled to take on No. 15 Iowa on the road on Sunday afternoon — will still be played as scheduled.

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The Big Ten Conference sent an email on Wednesday announcing it was re-evaluating the forfeiture policy for the season, but has not yet sent out further details.



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