Purdue basketball's game against Michigan, scheduled for Tuesday at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, has been postponed because of coronavirus concerns within the Wolverines' program, the Boilermakers announced Sunday.
Following Friday testing for the virus, Michigan fell below the Big Ten roster minimum with fewer than seven scholarship players available, forcing the postponement of the Wolverines' matchup with Michigan State, scheduled for Saturday. Michigan still fell below the minimum for Tuesday’s game against Purdue.
Purdue and Michigan will coordinate with the Big Ten to determine a new date for the game. The conference recently changed its guidance for situations in which teams do not have enough players to compete; going into the season, such situations resulted in a forfeit, but the explosion of virus cases in recent weeks forced conferences across the country to re-think such rules.
Purdue (13-2, 2-2 Big Ten) is scheduled to play next against Nebraska on Friday at Mackey Arena. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Going into the season, the two matchups between the Boilers and Wolverines were expected to be some of the conference's marquee games, with the potential for one or both to be top 5 clashes. No. 3 Purdue has held up its end of the bargain (though it is likely to fall out of the top 5, at least temporarily, Monday following a loss to Wisconsin earlier this week), but Michigan has been the Big Ten's most disappointing team, entering the weekend just 7-6 and 1-2 in conference play. It would be advantageous for Purdue's hopes of a 25th Big Ten title to make up the game against the eminently beatable Wolverines.
The Boilermakers have a stretch of five days off in a row after playing Rutgers on Feb. 20 and Michigan has three straight off days from Feb. 24-26, so a game on Feb. 24 or 25 could work, though it would force one of the teams to play on back-to-back nights late in the season.