The postponement of Tuesday’s Iowa-Indiana men’s basketball game creates scheduling chaos for both teams this late in the season, but it appears Thursday, Feb. 27 is the best date available for a makeup.
The game was postponed after an eight-foot piece of metal facing crashed from the ceiling into Assembly Hall’s lower bowl Tuesday afternoon. The schools have 72 hours to agree on a time, date and location. Otherwise the Big Ten Conference will assign the makeup game.
It’s undetermined if Assembly Hall is structurally sound enough to host a large men’s basketball crowd but should be known on Wednesday.
Iowa and Indiana both play Feb. 25 (a Tuesday) on the road — Iowa at Minnesota, Indiana at Wisconsin. Iowa is scheduled to play host to Purdue on March 1 (a Saturday), while Indiana hosts Ohio State on March 2 (a Sunday). Indiana plays host to Nebraska on March 5, while Iowa competes at Michigan State on March 6. Both schools finish their regular seasons on March 8.
There’s no way they’ll make up the game after the season-ending weekend on March 8/9. That would interfere with preparation for the Big Ten Tournament. It’s laughable to suggest they’d play after the Big Ten Tournament.
The Big Ten has only one scheduled game on Feb. 27 — Ohio State at Penn State (ESPN2). If Iowa-Indiana is rescheduled for Feb. 27, finding a television channel at this late date is a challenge but not impossible.
Also, don’t be surprised if the Iowa-Purdue game shifts from March 1 to March 2. That’s a lot to ask of any team to play three games in five days, including trips to Minnesota and Indiana within a three-day period. The Iowa-Purdue game originally was slated for either March 1 or March 2, but the date was set last week.
Here are the teams’ remaining schedules:
IOWA — Feb. 22 — Wisconsin; Feb. 25 — at Minnesota; March 1 — Purdue; March 6 — at Michigan State; March 8 — Illinois
INDIANA — Feb. 22 — at Northwestern; Feb. 25 — at Wisconsin; March 2 — Ohio State; March 5 — Nebraska; March 8 — at Michigan