Men’s Basketball: Northwestern reschedules play against Iowa for Jan. 31 amid cancellation due to COVID-19


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Junior center Matthew Nicholson jumps up to block a Michigan player. The Wildcats announced Thursday they rescheduled the Iowa contest to Jan. 31.

Skye Swann, Sports Editor

Following the postponement announcement of Northwestern’s matchup against Iowa due to COVID-19 cases among the Wildcats, the program announced Thursday that the Wildcats plan to head to Iowa City on Jan. 31 to face the Hawkeyes. 

NU (12-5, 3-3 Big Ten) was originally scheduled to play Iowa on Jan. 18 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena after coming off of two close losses to Michigan and Rutgers. A day prior to the matchup, the Cats issued a statement citing the contest’s cancellation when only six players were available to be on the court due to COVID-19 safety protocol. 

The reprieve gives NU a slight breather after suffering two nail-biting losses to conference foes on the road and at home. With the possibility of Saturday’s matchup against Wisconsin still in the air, the Cats will most likely have time to recover and bounce back on the court for next week’s showdowns against Nebraska and Minnesota. 

With the road trip to the Hawkeyes’ home turf occurring at the end of the month, the Cats have a higher chance of players returning back to the court from injury and illness. 

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