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Penn State Basketball’s Postponed Games Rescheduled, Player Availability Uncertain

The Big Ten has announced an adjusted schedule for Penn State men’s basketball to make up for three of four-straight previously postponed games due to a slew of positive COVID-19 test results within the program. The Nittany Lions have not taken the court since Dec. 30.

As a result, Penn State’s contest at No. 14/13 Illinois have been moved from next Wednesday to next Tuesday Jan. 19. That game will tip at 8:30.

In addition, two home games have been rescheduled with Rutgers set to head to State College for a Thursday, Jan. 21 meeting while No. 9/9 Wisconsin will travel to the Bryce Jordan Center for a Wednesday, Jan. 27 matchup.

Both games will air on the Big Ten Network with start times to be announced later.

As a result of the rescheduled games, Penn State will have four Big Ten contests in seven days with the first two of those games on the road before returning home to State College.

Penn State’s previously postponed game against Ohio State in Columbus has not been rescheduled at this point.

Interim head coach Jim Ferry did not indicate, and would not say during a Thursday media availability, how many players would be eligible to play. Big Ten COVID-19 testing procedures require that a player sit out at least 17 days if testing positive for COVID-19 and that positive test is not deemed to be a false positive.