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BOZEMAN, Mont. – Bobcat Athletics has been informed by Southern Utah that the Thunderbirds’ men’s basketball team is unable to participate in competition at this time, due to one or more individuals being identified as either needing to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19.

The scheduled games between Montana State and Southern Utah on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 in Bozeman have been canceled. At this time, Big Sky Conference basketball games that are canceled will not be rescheduled.

Southern Utah sits atop the Big Sky standings after sweeping Montana the first weekend of December. The Thunderbirds are currently ranked No. 24 in the Top 25 of the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll due to a 7-1 record. Montana State is 2-3 and is the only team in the league that has not opened league play.

Montana State women’s Big Sky openers cancelled

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Bobcat Athletics has been informed by Southern Utah that the Thunderbirds’ women’s basketball team is unable to participate in competition at this time, due to one or more individuals being identified as either needing to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19. The scheduled games between Montana State and Southern Utah on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2 in Cedar City have been canceled. At this time, Big Sky Conference basketball games that are canceled will not be rescheduled.

The Bobcats are the reigning Big Sky champions and have won 17 games in a row against other teams in the league. MSU has not played a conference game. The only other Big Sky team that has not played a conference contest is Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds had their league-opening weekend Dec. 3 and December 5 at Montana cancelled because of a similar issue.

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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