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Big Ten announces Michigan State-Minnesota game won’t be rescheduled

February 27, 2023
The MSU men's basketball team huddle up before second half during a game against Villanova at the Breslin Center on Nov. 18, 2022. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats 73-71.
The MSU men's basketball team huddle up before second half during a game against Villanova at the Breslin Center on Nov. 18, 2022. The Spartans defeated the Wildcats 73-71. —
Photo by Sonya Barlow | The State News

Michigan State men's basketball's game against Minnesota will not be rescheduled and will be declared a no-contest, according to a statement from MSU Athletics this afternoon. 

"The Big Ten Conference was unable to reschedule the Michigan State men's basketball game vs Minnesota," the release said. "The game will officially be considered a no-contest." 

The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 15. However, the mass shooting on MSU's campus two days prior forced a postponement. 

“I’ve been disappointed in the way it’s been handled at the Big Ten office,” Michigan State head men's basketball coach Tom Izzo said. “I did not think it was very aggressively handled early.” 

The game against the Golden Gophers presented an opportunity for MSU to climb just a little bit closer to the tournament double-bye guaranteed to the top four teams in the Big Ten standings.

Now, Michigan State has just a pair of games left in the regular season: a road game against Nebraska tomorrow, Feb. 28, at 9 p.m. and a home game against Ohio State Saturday afternoon. MSU will finish the season having played 19 Big Ten games instead of the standard 20. 

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