CHAMPAIGN — The character of enjoying school basketball amid the COVID-19 pandemic means the best-laid plans are topic to vary.
For Nancy Fahey’s Illinois ladies’s basketball group, the good thing about enjoying video games has develop into particularly essential, given the Illini have six newcomers to work into their rotation.
It’s the explanation Fahey was prepared to schedule a nonconference sport in opposition to Southern Illinois on Tuesday in between what was presupposed to be two Huge Ten video games (Michigan at dwelling this previous Saturday and at Indiana on New Yr’s Eve).
That was till COVID-19 altered these plans.
The aforementioned sport in opposition to the Wolverines was postponed attributable to coronavirus-related considerations throughout the Michigan program. Then, on Tuesday morning, the SIU sport was additionally referred to as off following extra COVID-19 points for the opposing group.
The choice to postpone Tuesday’s sport in opposition to the Salukis (3-2) was made by the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in session with medical professionals, in response to a Tuesday press launch from the UI athletic division. Matt Varney, who covers the SIU program for 103.5 ESPN in Herrin, reported a constructive COVID-19 take a look at by an Salukis participant.
“Ready and never enjoying between the time of our Michigan sport after which coming again and never enjoying till Indiana, I’d relatively preserve them out on the courtroom,” Fahey stated final week of the choice to schedule the sport in opposition to SIU within the midst of Huge Ten play. “We’re just like the second-youngest group (within the Huge Ten).
“We had a revamp with six new gamers. We had been way more in sync with what we wished to do at Nebraska, however enjoying video games goes to be essential for this group.”
Now, the Illini (2-2, 0-1) — who final performed Dec. 10 at Nebraska, a 78-72 loss to the Cornhuskers — will go three full weeks with out enjoying a sport forward of a 1 p.m. showdown on Dec. 31 in opposition to Nineteenth-ranked Indiana (3-2, 1-0) in Bloomington, Ind.