(WCIA) — Illinois’ game against Michigan State on Saturday, January 23rd has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Spartans program.
Illinois now has two Big Ten games to make up, after their game against Nebraska was also postponed last week. Head coach Brad Underwood says it’s still a goal to get to the maximum 27 games, and they still have a non-conference slot available after the UT-Martin game was cancelled. However, with so many teams in the league dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, trying to fit games into an already compact schedule could difficult.
“If you start looking at the reality of the situation I think every coach in the Big Ten would tell you that there’s a great chance that you don’t,” says Underwood. “But it’s a goal and we want to play as many as we can play. You show up everyday, and you show up at 7:30 every morning, and you test. We talk to our guys every single day after practice about doing the right thing. My most stressful part of the day is at 7:30 every single morning.”
The Illini will still be in action on Tuesday, playing against Penn State at the State Farm Center.