Michigan extends pause; Illinois recreation postponed

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Michigan males’s basketball has postponed Thursday’s recreation in opposition to Illinois, extending this system’s two-week pause.

It is the fifth consecutive recreation that Michigan, a high seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s newest bracketology, will miss.

Based on a press release Saturday from Michigan, Illinois and the Large Ten, the sport is being postponed because of “return-to-play planning.” The Wolverines mentioned they “anticipate” to return for his or her Valentine’s Day matchup at Wisconsin on Feb. 14.

Final month, the state’s division of well being and human providers closed Michigan’s athletic services, paused competitions and practices for each group and required each participant, coach and staffer to quarantine for 14 days amid rising issues a couple of new pressure of the coronavirus.

Juwan Howard’s group, 13-1, had simply returned from a 70-53 win at Purdue when the varsity introduced the choice.

Michigan has missed video games in opposition to Penn State, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan State and now Illinois. The latter would have been a key matchup in a decent race for the Large Ten title and the competitors for a excessive seed within the one-site NCAA match in Indianapolis.

When the varsity introduced its pause in January, it additionally mentioned that it didn’t know the standing of any video games past the 14 days.