Updates from Thursday, Feb. 27
Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com reports that Assembly Hall has been deemed safe for use:
Indiana released the engineers' statement that Assembly Hall is "safe for use and general occupancy ..." #iubb— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) February 28, 2014
Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Times-Herald provides confirmation and details from Fred Glass:
Glass: "The fix is complete. We are confident that Assembly Hall is safe."— Dustin Dopirak (@DustinDopirak) February 28, 2014
Glass said renovation will start after next basketball season, March of 2015. Hope is to be done in the summer of '16.— Dustin Dopirak (@DustinDopirak) February 28, 2014
Updates from Friday, Feb. 21
According to the official Big Ten Basketball Twitter feed, the postponed game will be played on February 27th:
Iowa at Indiana men’s basketball game rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET. Game will be televised by ESPN. Release to follow.— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) February 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 18
Scott Dochterman of thegazette.com provides an update on a potential date to reschedule the Big 10 contest:
Big Ten officials expect to announce a makeup date for the Iowa-Indiana men’s basketball game sometime Thursday, Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said on his radio show Wednesday night.
“This whole thing will probably be settled by about (Thursday) afternoon,” McCaffery said. “We’re working towards a solution that’s amenable to everybody.
“We’ll probably play them sometime next week.”
It’s assumed the game will take place Feb. 27, the only real workable date between the schools but nothing is official.
Tuesday's scheduled Big Ten men's basketball clash between the visiting AP No. 15 Iowa Hawkeyes and Indiana Hoosiers has been postponed. A metal piece of the Assembly Hall ceiling fell and damaged some of the venue's seats in the lower section, according to ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf.
ESPN's Andy Katz was on the scene to provide more specificity on the incident before confirming the news of the game's postponement:
Our crew at IU (Iowa 9 p.m. E1): Metal facing plate falls from ceiling, smashes 1 seat, damages 5. Engineers assessing. Status of game TBD.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) February 18, 2014
Iowa at Indiana game (9 p.m. ESPN) has been postponed after piece of metal falls on seats at Assembly Hall. Safety is No. 1 concern.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) February 18, 2014
InsideTheHall.com's Jordan Littman captured a photo of the damaged area, and Chris Hassel of ESPN relayed video from an ESPN News telecast of the scrap of metal as it fell:
Video of falling metal beam at Assembly Hall from SC https://t.co/ir6Jefmjwe— Chris Hassel (@hasselESPN) February 18, 2014
Justin Albers of Allhoosiers.com provides this quote from Tom Crean, who spoke about the incident:
Tom Crean: "An incredible, tragic crisis was averted." #iubb— Justin Albers (@Justin_Albers) February 19, 2014
Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass released a statement indicating that safety was the chief concern and that all events in the venue would be postponed for the time being:
Safety is our No.1 priority. Our University engineers have advised us to postpone events in Assembly Hall until it can be determined what caused the facing to fall and ensure the safety of everyone attending an event in the facility.
Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com provides info about the makeup game:
Indiana expects to makeup the Iowa game as a home game at Assembly Hall. #iubb— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) February 19, 2014
Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com reports that the schools have 3 days to agree on a time to reschedule:
"Schools have 72 hours to figure out when to reschedule," Big Ten associate commissioner Mark Rudner told ESPN's Andy Katz. "If they can't agree then commissioners office will reschedule. We'll be meeting on this first thing Wednesday morning."
The good news is that no one was harmed, but determining the cause of the stray metal will be key to the resumption of activities in Assembly Hall.
Sportscaster Dan Dakich, who played for Indiana in the mid-80s and later served as an assistant coach for 12 years, chimed in with a dig at the Hoosiers, alluding to a game in 2011 when Indiana beat what was then a top-ranked Kentucky squad in a dramatic finish:
No truth to the rumor that IU was raising a Banner for beating UK in 2011 causing metal to fall— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 18, 2014
Since notching a quality win over Michigan on Feb. 2, the Hoosiers have been in a bit of a tailspin in conference play, losing three consecutive games and falling to 14-11 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten. Hosting the Hawkeyes was an opportunity to recover some momentum, but it also could have set coach Tom Crean's squad back even further.
Iowa has not lost by more than eight points all season long and is currently 1.5 games behind the Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans for the top spot in the conference. Both the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers are in the top 10 in rebounding in the country, so the battle for the boards would have been fierce.
While this game will be made up eventually, it should be interesting to see what form the two teams will be in when they do square off in Bloomington. A visit to Northwestern looms for the Hoosiers in their next contest, while Iowa is home to face the formidable No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers.