The college basketball season is just over a week away and while the plan is to play, COVID-19 has been surging in many states and could prove problematic this winter. We now have a better picture of how one school in the Big Ten is currently faring.
Earlier today Fred Hoiberg mentioned that his team has had two positive COVID-19 tests since testing began.
Fred Hoiberg tells @HuskerSports that two players have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began. Otherwise he feels good about team has handled it so far.— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) November 18, 2020
Earlier in October it was reported that Nebraska had one player that had tested positive for COVID-19 but had already recovered. With that development being reported in mid-October and Hoiberg mentioning a second case now, that means it appears another Nebraska player had tested positive within the past month.
The state of Nebraska recently topped 100,000 COVID cases, with a record high of reported cases this Monday. It’s not a good sign as the state is starting to surge, even more so as people will start to spend more time inside throughout the winter. This is a similar development to many states across the country, likely leading to what will be a chaotic college basketball season filled with cancellations, rescheduled games and players missing time due to positive tests.
Speaking of cancellations, Nebraska’s Golden Window Tournament just lost a team as Illinois State backed out of the event to play Ohio State instead. This currently leaves the tournament with only seven teams participating.