MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — This week’s Montana-Montana State men’s basketball games have been canceled due to a positive COVID-19 test within the Montana program, the university announced Wednesday.
The rivalry games were scheduled for Thursday night in Missoula and Saturday afternoon in Bozeman.
The Cat-Griz women’s games scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday in Bozeman and noon Saturday in Missoula are still on.
The Big Sky Conference is not rescheduling games missed due to COVID-19. If the men's teams do not play this season, it will be the first season they have not met since World War II canceled the 1943-44 season. The teams also played every season from 1925-1943, according to Montana State University's basketball history.
This year's games would have been the 302nd and 303rd in the series.
The Montana State men have a seven-game winning streak, are unbeaten in six Big Sky games and have a 9-3 overall record. The Montana men are 8-7 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
Entering the week, the Montana men were one of just seven teams nationally that had not had a game altered due to COVID-19, the university said.
The Montana men have lost just one game to Montana State in their past 20 games dating back to the 2010-11 season.