The Big Ten has not announced a rescheduled date for Nebraska to play at Maryland. Some other games around the conference were postponed because of coronavirus cases within programs. Penn State hasn’t played since Dec. 30 after four straight games were postponed (vs. Wisconsin, at Ohio State, vs. Michigan and vs. Rutgers). The Big Ten schedules proactively included open dates that can accommodate makeup games. But as the number of missed games grows, as it has for a school such as Penn State, a team’s schedule will become a bit chaotic with quick turnarounds between matchups.
Maryland (7-6, 2-5 Big Ten) last played Sunday at Illinois, earning a needed 66-63 win over the then-No. 12 Fighting Illini. After a grueling two-week stretch with games every three or four days — including four opponents currently ranked in the top 15 — the Terps finally had a five-day layoff before Saturday’s game against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers (4-8, 0-5) have yet to win a conference matchup this season and would have given Maryland an opportunity to win back-to-back Big Ten games.
Maryland will now wait longer to return to play, with its next game scheduled for next Tuesday at Michigan. If there are no further adjustments to the schedule, the Terps will have eight days between games. The break will give starting point guard Eric Ayala a bit more time to return from a groin injury that kept him from playing against Illinois.
Meanwhile, Michigan was scheduled to play two more games — it routed No. 9 Wisconsin, 77-54, Tuesday night and visits No. 23 Minnesota on Saturday — before its matchup with Maryland.
Maryland has not had any coronavirus cases in its program since the season began, but the Terps faced several schedule changes during the nonconference slate. Maryland’s games against Monmouth, Towson, James Madison and George Mason were canceled. Each time, the Terps scrambled to find a new opponent. Maryland had planned to play seven nonconference games but ultimately played six.