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Tuesday basketball games at Purdue and Ball State called off

Health and safety concerns the reason
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Posted at 6:53 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 19:16:04-05

WEST LAFAYETTE — The pandemic is taking a toll on Indiana college basketball.

Monday, both Purdue and Ball State called off home men's basketball games scheduled for Tuesday.

The Nebraska men's basketball team will not be traveling to West Lafayette. Just a little more than 24-hours before the game was to be played at Mackey Arena, Purdue announced it had been called off.

A short statement from the school said the decision to postpone was "mutually agreed upon by both teams due to health and safety concerns."

Exactly what those concerns are, the statement did not say. The two schools will work with the Big Ten Conference to reschedule the game at a later date.

And at Ball State, the decision was made to postpone Tuesday's game in Muncie between the Cardinals and Western Michigan University. Ball State cited "COVID-19 protocols" as the reason. The hope is to play the game at a later date.

COVID-19 issues have forced a number of men's and women's college games to be canceled or postponed this season across the country.

The most anticipated of the games was to be played in Indianapolis last month. But the Gonzaga-Baylor matchup, featuring the top two teams in the country, scheduled for Bankers Life Fieldhouse was called off less than two hours before tipoff.