CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois basketball is out of a game this weekend despite “aggressive efforts” to try and schedule a non-conference opponent. Illini head coach Brad Underwood said after Tuesday night’s game against Penn State he was searching long and hard to find a team with adequate COVID-19 testing protocols that could match those of Illinois, but ultimately that didn’t happen.
Illinois was out of a game after Michigan State had to postpone its matchup against the Illini due to positive cases within the Spartans’ program. The game was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. in East Lansing. Both schools are working with the Big Ten to determine a make-up date but for now the plan is just to practice until next Friday’s game against Iowa. It means the Illini will have 10 days between games leading up to the primetime game against their rivals.