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Husker hoops return pushed to Feb. 6 due to schedule adjustment
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Husker hoops return pushed to Feb. 6 due to schedule adjustment

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The Big Ten announced Tuesday that its men's basketball tournament will move from Chicago to Indianapolis next month.

The Nebraska men's basketball team's return to action from an extended COVID-19 pause will wait a few more days.

NU's Feb. 3 game at Michigan State has been moved to Feb. 6 to accommodate the ever-changing Big Ten schedule, the schools announced Tuesday night.

Michigan State, which is coming out of its own COVID-19 pause, will now play Iowa on Feb. 2 to make up the Jan. 14 matchup between the schools that was postponed earlier this month.

That move pushed the Huskers' matchup with the Spartans to Feb. 6. The game will tip at 5:30 p.m. on BTN.

The date change means Nebraska will have gone nearly a full month without playing a game. The last time NU was on the court was Jan. 10 against Indiana.

The Huskers announced one day later they were pausing all team activities after a rash of positive COVID-19 tests in the program, including seven players and head coach Fred Hoiberg.

The schedule adjustment presents the first piece of what will likely become a very compressed schedule for the Huskers over the next five weeks.

Nebraska will play Feb. 6, 8, and 11 — at Michigan State, at Minnesota and home vs. Wisconsin — as it ramps back up. Extend that out to a Feb. 20 matchup against Purdue, and the Huskers are now scheduled to play six games in 15 days.

NU also has six postponed games to try and make up between Feb. 6 and March 7, which is the date of the regular-season finale at Northwestern.

Whether Nebraska can play all six remains to be seen. But the sprint to the finish is set to begin.

Contact the writer at cbasnett@journalstar.com or 402-473-7436. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker men's basketball/baseball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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