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College basketball games affected by COVID-19: Oklahoma State-Oklahoma, Michigan State-Indiana postponed

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College basketball has lost a spate of highly anticipated matchups this week. The latest: on Friday, sources told CBS Sports that Oklahoma at Oklahoma State scheduled for Saturday is off due to a positive test within Oklahoma State’s program and subsequent contact tracing procedures that will sideline the team entirely until Wednesday at the earliest. OSU’s only scheduled game in the next eight days was the Oklahoma tilt, while Oklahoma is still scheduled to play Kansas State on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Michigan State’s efforts to get back on track following a 2-4 start to Big Ten play hit a snag after two players tested positive for COVID-19. After Thursday’s scheduled game at Iowa was postponed, it has also been announced that Sunday’s showdown with Indiana has been postponed as well.

Indiana and Michigan State are expected to work with the league to “identify options for rescheduling the contest,” according to an announcement from Indiana. For Michigan State, the consecutive postponed games could end up meaning the program goes 15 days between games at a time when it is trying to cement an identity in the nation’s toughest conference. Michigan State’s next scheduled game is Jan. 23 against Illinois.

The Spartans rose to No. 4 in the AP poll amid a 6-0 start but have since dropped from the poll after losing four of six games to begin conference play, including a 55-54 home loss to Purdue on Friday. Coach Tom Izzo said Wednesday that players Steven Izzo and Mady Sissoko tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’m really disappointed, but it just goes to prove that this can affect anyone,” Tom Izzo said.  “I feel so comfortable that me, my son and my players did everything possible and followed every protocol as best we could.  I’m really, really impressed with the way they have conducted themselves. This virus does not discriminate and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to wear a mask, wash your hands and follow protocols.”

Upcoming notable postponements or cancellations

  • Jan. 16: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
  • Jan. 16: Georgia Tech at NC State
  • Jan. 16: Georgetown at Providence
  • Jan. 16: Arizona at Oregon
  • Jan. 16: TCU at West Virginia
  • Jan. 16: Xavier at Seton Hall
  • Jan. 17: Wichita State at SMU
  • Jan. 17: Indiana at Michigan State
  • Jan. 19: Oklahoma State at West Virginia
  • Jan. 20: Georgetown at Marquette

TEAMS NOT COMPETING IN 2020-21

  • Bethune-Cookman
  • Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Chicago State (suspended season after 0-9 start, citing decision to “focus on the health, safety, and academic pursuits of the Men’s Basketball student-athletes.”)
  • Ivy League — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale

Previous notable postponements or cancellations

  • Nov. 25: UTSA and Oklahoma
  • Nov. 25: Virginia vs. Maine (Uncasville, Connecticut)
  • Nov. 25: Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 25: Gardner-Webb at Duke — rescheduled for Dec. 19, then canceled
  • Nov. 25: Northern Arizona at Arizona
  • Nov. 25-27: Creighton at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Nov. 25-27: Texas A&M at Crossover Classic (Sioux Falls)
  • Nov. 25: Western Illinois at DePaul
  • Nov. 25: UMass Lowell vs. Florida
  • Nov. 25: Stanford vs. Utah Valley
  • Nov. 25: Drexel at Penn State
  • Nov. 26: Baylor vs. Arizona State at Empire Classic (Uncasville)
  • Nov. 26: Jackson State vs. Ole Miss
  • Nov. 27: Arkansas State at Ole Miss
  • Nov. 27; Baylor at Empire Classic (Uncasville)
  • Nov. 27: Virginia vs. Florida (Uncasville)
  • Nov. 27: Florida State vs. Gardner-Webb — rescheduled for Dec. 21
  • Nov. 28 Oklahoma at UCF
  • Nov. 28: Chicago State at DePaul
  • Nov. 29: Baylor at Seton Hall
  • Nov. 29: Gardner-Webb at Georgia
  • Nov. 30: Long Beach State at UCLA
  • Nov. 30: Belmont Abbey at Charlotte
  • Dec. 1: Towson at Maryland
  • Dec. 1: Alcorn State at DePaul
  • Dec. 1: Vanderbilt vs. UConn (Uncasville)
  • Dec. 2: Colorado at Arizona — rescheduled for Dec. 28
  • Dec. 3: Vanderbilt at Legends Classic (Uncasville)
  • Dec. 4: UNC Greensboro at Louisville
  • Dec. 4: Florida A&M at South Florida
  • Dec. 5: Gonzaga vs. Baylor (Indianapolis)
  • Dec. 5: NC State vs. UConn: (Uncasville)
  • Dec. 5: Alabama A&M at Ohio State
  • Dec. 5: James Madison at Maryland
  • Dec. 5: UT-Martin at Illinois
  • Dec. 5: Purdue-Fort Wayne at Notre Dame
  • Dec. 5: Ole Miss at Memphis
  • Dec. 6: Florida A&M at Nebraska
  • Dec. 6: DePaul at Iowa State
  • Dec. 8: Fordham at Saint John’s
  • Dec. 8: Tarleton State at Gonzaga
  • Dec. 9: Louisville at Wisconsin
  • Dec. 9: Michigan State at Virginia
  • Dec. 9: NC State at Michigan
  • Dec. 9: Robert Morris at West Virginia
  • Dec. 10: Southern at Gonzaga
  • Dec. 11: Saint John’s at UConn
  • Dec. 12: Xavier at Providence
  • Dec. 12: Northern Arizona at Gonzaga
  • Dec. 12: Charleston Southern at Duke
  • Dec. 12: Saint John’s at Texas Tech
  • Dec. 13: Stanford at USC
  • Dec. 13: SIU-Edwardsville at Northwestern
  • Dec. 13: Texas at Baylor
  • Dec. 13: William & Mary at Virginia
  • Dec. 13: UConn at Georgetown
  • Dec. 15: Tarleton State at Baylor
  • Dec. 15: Detroit at Kentucky
  • Dec. 15: Seton Hall at Xavier
  • Dec. 16: NC State at Louisville
  • Dec. 16: Northern Iowa at Wisconsin
  • Dec. 18: Xavier at DePaul
  • Dec. 17: DePaul at Providence
  • Dec. 19: Virginia vs. Villanova (at Madison Square Garden)
  • Dec. 19: Gardner-Webb at Duke
  • Dec. 19: Houston at Alabama
  • Dec. 19: South Carolina at Clemson
  • Dec. 21: San Diego at Arizona
  • Dec. 22: Notre Dame at Syracuse
  • Dec. 22: VCU at LSU
  • Dec. 22: UNLV at Wyoming
  • Dec. 23: UCLA at Oregon
  • Dec. 23: South Carolina State at South Carolina
  • Dec. 23: UConn at DePaul
  • Dec. 29: South Carolina at Kentucky
  • Dec. 30: Syracuse at Wake Forest
  • Dec. 31: San Diego State at UNLV
  • Jan. 2: North Carolina at Syracuse (rescheduled for Jan. 12)
  • Jan. 2: DePaul at St. John’s
  • Jan. 2: Arizona State at Washington
  • Jan. 2: Memphis at Temple
  • Jan. 2: Virginia Tech at Virginia
  • Jan. 2: San Diego State at UNLV
  • Jan. 3: Wisconsin at Penn State
  • Jan. 4: San Diego State at UNLV
  • Jan. 5: Villanova at DePaul
  • Jan. 5: Memphis at UCF
  • Jan. 5: Nebraska at Purdue
  • Jan. 6: Georgia Tech at Notre Dame
  • Jan. 6: UMass at George Washington
  • Jan. 6: Penn State at Ohio State
  • Jan. 6: Oregon State at Utah
  • Jan. 6: Temple at Tulane
  • Jan. 7: Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara
  • Jan. 8: Villanova vs. Marquette
  • Jan. 9: Florida State at Pittsburgh
  • Jan. 9: Clemson at North Carolina
  • Jan. 9: South Carolina at Ole Miss
  • Jan. 9: Oregon State at Colorado
  • Jan. 9: LSU at Missouri
  • Jan. 9: Virginia Tech at Louisville
  • Jan. 9: Michigan at Penn State
  • Jan. 12: Clemson at Syracuse
  • Jan. 12: West Virginia at Baylor
  • Jan. 12: Vanderbilt at Missouri
  • Jan. 12: Tennessee at Vanderbilt
  • Jan. 12: Tennessee at South Carolina
  • Jan. 13: Illinois at Nebraska
  • Jan. 13: DePaul at Georgetown
  • Jan. 13: Iowa State at Kansas State
  • Jan. 13: Villanova at Xavier
  • Jan. 14: Michigan State at Iowa
  • Jan. 14: SMU at Memphis
  • Jan. 14: Arizona State at Oregon
  • Jan. 14: Houston at South Florida