Arizona Postpones Basketball Game Following Tucson Shootings

Ezra AmacherContributor IIIJanuary 8, 2011

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27:  Lamont Jones #12 of the Arizona Wildcats brings the ball up the court against Elijah Johnson #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas won 87-79.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The University of Arizona has postponed tonight's basketball game following the tragic shooting at a Tucson shopping market today where US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head.

The game will be played at 2:30 EST tomorrow, but very few people in Tucson will be focused on sports following the tragedy. Six people were killed and 12 more were injured after a man went on a shooting rampage at a Safeway.

"The University feels the game should be delayed with deep respect to the victims and families impacted by this tragedy," said Arizona Athletic Director Greg Byrne.

Stanford was scheduled to play the Wildcats today but due to the distractions going on in Tucson, postponing the game seems like the right move.

Giffords, who is serving Arizona's 8th congressional district was shot in the head but survived surgery and it appears she is okay, although not much information on her has been released yet.