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Two MSU men's hoops players test positive for COVID-19

January 13, 2021
Freshman center Mady Sissoko (22) attempts to dunk on the Oakland net during the second half, but is unsuccessful. The Spartans came back after the first half to pull out a 109-91 win on Dec. 13, 2020.
Freshman center Mady Sissoko (22) attempts to dunk on the Oakland net during the second half, but is unsuccessful. The Spartans came back after the first half to pull out a 109-91 win on Dec. 13, 2020. —
Photo by Lauren DeMay | The State News

Michigan State men's basketball freshman center Mady Sissoko and sophomore guard Steven Izzo have both tested positive for COVID-19, head coach Tom Izzo shared with the media on Wednesday.

"It saddens me of course because Mady was a guy that was starting to play more minutes and we knew with Iowa and Illinois coming up size would help," Izzo said. "We're just going to continue to support them. We feel there was no behavior in any way that they were out at any local establishments or anything like that."

All other players have continued to test negative.

Per Big Ten guidelines, the two will be out of the lineup for 17 days. That clock started four days ago according to Izzo.

Izzo expressed disappointment as Sissoko, at 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, has begun to play an increasingly important role in the Spartans rotation.

The Spartans will travel to Iowa tonight ahead of their Thursday night matchup against the Hawkeyes. Izzo said that as of now, the positive tests have not impacted the status of that game.

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