ISU-Loyola men’s basketball game postponed, Redbirds ‘unable to compete’

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Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 6:35 PM CST
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NORMAL (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - Illinois State University’s men’s basketball team said it is “unable to compete,” forcing postponement of the Redbirds’ scheduled home contest Wednesday against Loyola University.

ISU did not cite COVID-19 as the cause in a brief statement. The Missouri Valley Conference will try to reschedule the contest, according to the news release.

The status of the Redbirds next conference game at Evansville on Saturday will be determined as soon as possible, the news release also said.

The conference revised its forfeiture policy for men’s and women’s basketball just last week. The MVC said a school is required to play a conference game if it has eight or more players and one or more “countable” coaches available. A school forfeits a game if it meets the minimum threshold of player-coach availability and elects not to play.

The conference declares “no contest” if the university meets the minimum threshold, and the game can’t be rescheduled.

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