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Illinois & Maryland Games Postponed As Nebraska Men’s Basketball Pauses Team Activities

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Tier 1 personnel tests positive for COVID-19, second in a week.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Nebraska Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Updated 1/12/2021 at 3:47 p.m. EST

The game against the Maryland Terrapins scheduled for this Saturday, Jan. 16 has been postponed. The athletic department issued the following statement on the matter:

Lincoln – Following the pause in full team activities in the Nebraska men’s basketball program announced Monday, the Huskers’ scheduled game at Maryland this Saturday, Jan. 16, has been postponed. The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options.

At this time, no determination has been made on how the pause may impact scheduled games beyond Jan. 16.

It is unfortunate as, while the Terps are coming off a big road win at Illinois, they are struggling this season after losing Anthony Cowan Jr and Jalen Smith from last year’s Big Ten regular season co-championship squad. Nebraska lost their game in the Xfinity Center last season to that squad by just two points, 72-70.


The Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball team has paused team activities following positive COVID-19 test results. This is the second time the team has had at least one positive test in a week as the Huskers had to cancel a trip to play at Purdue last week. The official announcement come just minutes after the team’s plane was originally scheduled to depart.

As a result of the pause, Nebraska’s game against Illinois in Lincoln on Wednesday has been psot-poned. No official word has been released on games after the Illinois matchup. The next two scheduled games include this Saturday at Maryland and next Wednesday in Lincoln against Minnesota.

The full press release from the athletic department is below.

Lincoln – The University of Nebraska men’s basketball program has paused full team activities due to positive COVID-19 results among its Tier 1 personnel. Tier 1 personnel include student athletes, coaches and any staff member whose job requires close regular contact.

Due to the pause, the Huskers’ home game against Illinois (Wed., Jan. 13) has been postponed. The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options. At this time, no determination has been made on how the pause may impact scheduled games beyond Jan. 13.

Individuals who have tested positive are in isolation and following all local and Lancaster County health guidelines. We will also conduct all the necessary procedures included in the Big Ten Conference protocols. Consistent with all of our athletic programs, we report any positive test result to the University, and it is included in its daily reports to the Lancaster County Health Department.