It was reported early Monday afternoon that Louisville basketball’s matchup against Wisconsin would be postponed.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported on Monday that the Louisville basketball game against Wisconsin would be postponed due to Covid issues within the Louisville program.
University of Louisville Athletic Director Vince Tyra had this to say about the cancellation:
"Our men’s basketball program is still paused indefinitely and we will look for an alternate opportunity to play Wisconsin if possible… We will continue to communicate regularly with Wisconsin, the ACC and Big Ten."
This news comes on the heels of the program announcing the NCAA’s response regarding allegations against the program just a couple of hours before.
Tyra has been a busy man these last few days in what has been a very long week for the University of Louisville athletic department. This is just another bit of bad news Tyra was forced to deliver to a fan base looking to latch on to just about anything positive.
The Cards already had to cut the Wade Houston Classic short due to a positive test within the program that forced the cancellation of the matchup against UNC Greensboro.
Louisville’s next game is slated to be played as of right now on Dec. 16 which will be a conference game against NC State. That gives the Louisville program nine days to get things situated in time for the matchup in order to avoid another postponement.
The Wisconsin game could have been a potentially large resume builder had the Cards been able to defeat them. The Badgers are the No. 13 team in the country and a win against them would have been one of the notable “big wins” for them come tournament seeding time.
If the Cardinals only miss two games as they work to recover from Covid and injury problems, that would be a big win for the team moving forward. By the 16th, the Cardinals could have both Sam Williamson and Josh Nickelberry back.
Charles Minlend should be very close to making his debut by that time after he was announced to have had a knee injury on Nov. 9 that would sideline him for six weeks.
Better yet, a rescheduling of the Wisconsin game could actually help Louisville. Obviously, a team that is getting players back from injury against one of the best teams in the country would certainly have their chances of winning helped.
Cardinals fans have to be dying for the basketball team to get back in action after the most recent occurrences within the university’s athletics (namely football and basketball).
Unfortunately, that wait will have to continue on after the most recent Covid alteration.