The Gophers were missing 20 players to either injury or a positive test result on Friday against Purdue.
According to the release from Gopher Sports, nine student-athletes and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19in the last five days, and there were additional presumptive positive tests today and the program is awaiting confirmation of those results.More news: Amelia Hamlin Fuels Scott Disick Dating Rumors With Gushing Thanksgiving Post
Saturday's planned game will not be rescheduled and has been ruled a no-contest, per Big Ten policy for the 2020 season.
Teams must play a minimum of six of eight games to qualify for a division title, unless the total average across the conference dips below six games.
Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle and president Joan Gabel made the decision at the recommendation of athletic medical director Dr. Brad Nelson, who's on the conference's COVID-19 task force, after consultation with Big Ten officials. Wisconsin is 2-1 after blowouts of IL and MI and last week's loss to Northwestern.More news: Coronavirus relief funds clawed back from Fed put out of Yellen’s reach
Minnesota won't face Wisconsin for the first time since 1906 amid a rise in positive COVID-19 cases within the program.
The Badgers are scheduled to host IN at 3:30 p.m. EST on December 5.
"We will continue to rely on the guidance of our medical experts as we navigate the next several days", Coyle said. When the conference enhanced COVID-19 protocols and relaunched the schedule, Bateman rejoined the Gophers and had his eligibility restored by the NCAA.More news: Ontario records record daily high of 1855 new COVID-19 cases