On Monday morning, sentient college basketball reporting robot Jon Rothstein reported that the Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup between the No. 25 Louisville Cardinals and the No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers was being put on hold due to Covid-19 cases in the Louisville program.
Confirming @JonRothstein report that Louisville-Wisc is off for Wednesday due to COVID protocols with Louisville. And Wisconsin has already lined up a home game vs. URI on Wednesday as the substitute. The kind of scheduling agility necessary this season. Interesting matchup, too.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) December 7, 2020
The Badgers were apparently prepared for this possibility as a backup game on Wednesday against the Rhode Island Rams is already in the works. According to Matt Norlander, there is still hope that Wisconsin and Louisville will play later this week. Of course, as we were writing this post UW officially announced the game, so we’ll let them take it away:
The No. 13 Wisconsin men’s basketball team announced Monday that its game scheduled for this Wednesday against Louisville has been postponed. Both school are working to explore an alternative date.
The Badgers will still play this Wednesday, however, hosting Rhode Island for a home contest at the Kohl Center. The game is scheduled to tip off at 3:30 p.m. (CT) on the Big Ten Network.
Wisconsin has also confirmed the start time for its Dec. 21 home game against Nebraska. UW’s Big Ten opener against the Cornhuskers will tip at 6 p.m. (CT) on FS1 from the Kohl Center.
Well, hopefully you’re able to have multiple screens at work for Wednesday’s afternoon tip. It’s nice that the Badgers were able to get a game on the schedule so quickly, which is a credit to the scheduler for the team. The Rams (3-2 overall, 0-0 A-10) are rated as the No. 72 team on KenPom and is currently on a three-game winning streak. We will have much more on the Rams before the game tips off on Wednesday.