The University of Iowa, in combination with Michigan State University, announced that Jan. 14’s men’s basketball video game in between the two institutions was delayed because of COVID-19 issues within the Spartans’ men’s basketball program.

Per an Iowa release, the decision to postpone the game was mutually agreed upon by both schools in an effort to protect the health and wellness of all participating student-athletes, coaches, and staff. Both institutions are working with the Big Ten Conference to discover a rescheduled date for the game to take place.

” I’m actually disappointed, however it just goes to show that this can affect anybody,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo stated. “I feel so comfortable that me, my child, and my players did everything possible and followed every protocol as finest we could. I’m really, actually satisfied with the way they have conducted themselves. This infection does not discriminate and I can’t highlight enough how essential it is to use a mask, wash your hands and follow procedures.”

The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday afternoon that two Spartans checked positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 10, and that Michigan State was still preparing to take a trip to Iowa City for its match with No. 5 Iowa. Izzo’s child Steven and his roommate, freshman Mady Sissoko, were the 2 Spartans that supposedly tested favorable.

According to a Michigan State news release, an additional positive COVID-19 test result set off the postponement of Thursday’s Iowa-Michigan State video game.

Tom Izzo was identified with COVID-19 on Nov. 9, per The Detroit Free Press.

Tom told The Detroit Free Press that the Spartans had not closed down group activities following the 2 positive COVID-19 test results they got. Tom also noted that his gamers and staff had actually continued to test negative prior to the positive outcome tape-recorded on Wednesday.

Current Huge 10 medical protocols dictate that student-athletes that evaluate favorable be held out of athletic activities for a minimum of 17 days to isolate after infection and then undergo heart examination.

Prior to the post ponement of Thursday’s match, the Hawkeyes had actually played their entire slate of games as scheduled.

Nebraska and Penn State’s guys’s basketball programs are likewise currently on activities pauses because of COVID-19, and Michigan State’s news release mentioned that no decisions on Spartan males’s basketball games beyond Jan. 14 have actually been made.

Iowa’s males’s basketball program stopped briefly group exercises in July after it received favorable COVID-19 test results for 2 of its gamers.

The Hawkeyes’ next game is set up for Jan. 17. Iowa will face Northwestern on the roadway in Evanston, Illinois.