Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has returned to the team from isolation following a case of COVID-19.
The Missouri Tigers will face an up-tempo test Wednesday when they host the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on college basketball's opening night. The Golden Eagles figure to push the pace at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo. They averaged 80.2 points per game last season, 10th-highest among the 353 NCAA Division I teams. Fourth-year coach Paul Mills produced the school's first winning record since 2014-15 by emphasizing man-to-man defensive pressure and transition scoring.
Tom Izzo's 26th season as Michigan State head coach begins Wednesday, and the Spartans learned 48 hours before tipoff that they won't have to go it without him. Izzo, who had been away from the team since Nov. 9 after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, returned to practice on Monday. Michigan State said he is cleared to resume his usual role as the Spartans play their season opener at East Lansing's Breslin Center against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.