NC State-Michigan men’s basketball game postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

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GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 11: Head coach Kevin Keatts of the North Carolina State Wolfpack looks on during their game against the Pittsburgh Panthers in the second round of the 2020 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2020 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina State Wolfpack men’s basketball game versus the Michigan Wolverines will be postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, a release said.

The cancelation in the highly anticipated ACC/Big Ten matchup set to take place Wednesday was first reported by CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander. Norlander reported that the game was postponed due to COVID-19 issues. N.C. State has not specified exactly why it was postponed.

However, Michigan says that the postponement is due to “COVID-19 related concerns within the Wolfpack program”.

“Far too often have I had to say we are all living in unprecedented times. Our main concern is the health and safety of Coach Keatts, his players as well as all of those within the N.C. State program,” Michigan head coach Juwan Howard said. “It is unfortunate we have to postpone this ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchup. It would have been fun. However, we must do what is right, and this is the right thing to do for everyone.”

“The schools will work together to see if a game can be arranged on an alternative date,” a release from Craig Hammel, director of Athletics Communications said. “N.C. State has made no additional decisions to its short-term upcoming schedule and will continue to evaluate.”

The game is the second in the challenge to be altered. On Monday, Louisville announced its matchup with Wisconsin would be postponed.

“Our men’s basketball program is still paused indefinitely and we will look for an alternate opportunity to play Wisconsin if possible,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a statement. “We will continue to communicate regularly with Wisconsin, the ACC and Big Ten.”

Just over the weekend, N.C. State’s matchup with UConn was canceled after a member of the Wolfpack’s traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.

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