The Wisconsin Badgers got some tough news earlier this week as the program learned its Wednesday matchup with the Northern Iowa Panthers would not be going forward as scheduled. Jon Rothstein and Matt Norlander reported the cancellation was due to COVID-19 protocols.
SCHEDULE UPDATE— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) December 13, 2020
Wednesday's game vs. Northern Iowa has been called off, after UNI announced that it will not play its final two non-conference games
The Badgers will instead host Loyola on Tuesday. The game will tip at 7 PM (CT) on Big Ten Network. pic.twitter.com/RvxH9z8Szh
This is one of a handful of Big Ten games that have officially been cancelled or postponed just a few weeks into the season. Wisconsin was hoping to score a win against a top 100 opponent in Northern Iowa, but that won’t happen now. The Badgers remain 4-1 overall and seventh nationally on KenPom.
However, the program also announced a new game as noted above. Wisconsin will now play Loyola (Chicago) at home on Tuesday. The Ramblers are ranked 52nd nationally on KenPom, so they should be a challenging opponent. As fans may recall, Loyola made the Final Four in 2018 after a miraculous postseason run.
BTPowerhouse will continue to post updates on this game as more is learned.