Men’s basketball vs. Ball State postponed

COVID-19 concerns have affected Huskie athletics for the fourth time this season.

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Entrance 2 of the NIU Convocation Center Sept. 2, in DeKalb, Illinois.

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DeKALB — COVID-19 concerns continue to impact the men’s basketball program as Tuesday’s matchup against the Ball State University Cardinals has been postponed.

The Huskies were originally scheduled to open Mid-American Conference play against Ball State Tuesday at 7 p.m. before tip-off time was moved to Wednesday at 4 p.m, according to Monday’s news release from NIU Athletics.

The announcement comes in the midst of a spike in COVID-19 cases amongst collegiate and professional sports. Multiple leagues have been forced to postpone or cancel games in light of multiple players and employees testing positive for the virus.

The U.S. is currently experiencing a weekly average of approximately 207,000 positive cases, according to CDC data.

The newly-rescheduled contest will make Wednesday’s game the second of a doubleheader as women’s basketball hosts the University of Akron Zips at the Convocation Center at 1 p.m.