Wright State also announced the women’s team is canceling its home opener against Toledo on Wednesday and a road trip to Butler on Nov. 29 because of a shortage of available players due to the virus.
The men’s next game is Dec. 2 at home against Marshall. They’re also hosting Miami in early December.
The Raiders will start league play with two games at Detroit on Dec. 19 and 20. But Nagy would like to get more non-league games in because the minimum required for NCAA tourney consideration is 13.
“Right now, unless we can get some things pushed back, we have Marshall on the 2nd. We’d have six players who can go full, and this player who was sick, he’d be in the ‘return protocol.’ He can play, but you’d have to limit his minutes,” Nagy said.
The Illinois event was set to be a homecoming for Nagy, who once was an assistant with the Illini. Newcomer Tim Finke, a sophomore transfer, also grew up near the school.
“The hardest thing was telling the players today. You could just see it in their faces,” Nagy said. “A guy like Tim, who’s from Champaign and his brother played at Illinois, he was excited to go over there. Now, there’s nothing.”
Wright State assistant Clint Sargent, who is in charge of putting together the non-league schedule, is busy working the phones.
But getting opponents to agree to a game isn’t the only hurdle.
“It’s not just, ‘Can these teams play?’ It’s, ‘Can you get referees?’” Nagy said. “Referees have to be tested for at least a week before they can ref a game. It’s not like you can just add a game and say, ‘Oh, we’ve got it.’ You’ve got to get referees to the game.
“We’re just trying to figure it out. The guys who are healthy want to play. And we need to get 13 games in. The next game we have, if we have six players, we’re going to play it.”