Iowa vs. Indiana Basketball Game Postponed After Piece of Ceiling Falls

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 18, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, Feb. 27

Jeff Rabjohns of reports that Assembly Hall has been deemed safe for use:

Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Times-Herald provides confirmation and details from Fred Glass:

Updates from Friday, Feb. 21

According to the official Big Ten Basketball Twitter feed, the postponed game will be played on February 27th:

Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 18

Scott Dochterman of 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.

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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'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:'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:

Justin Albers of provides this quote from Tom Crean, who spoke about the incident:

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 provides info about the makeup game:

Myron Medcalf of 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:

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.