The television picture remains fuzzy for Iowa’s rescheduled men’s Big Ten men’s basketball game at Nebraska, which was moved from Thursday to Saturday.
“It may be that there is no TV for this game, or it may be that there’s limited TV,” Mark Rudner, the Big Ten’s senior associate commissioner and television administrator, said Tuesday. “It’s one of those situations that just happens. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it. You just try to make the best of it.”
The game, originally scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday and televised by ESPN2, was delayed to 1 p.m. Saturday because of a winter storm expected to hit the upper Midwest on Thursday.
A release from both schools said the decision “was announced for the safety of student-athletes, fans and game-day personnel.” As luck would have it, both teams were scheduled to have the weekend off. Nebraska’s next game is at Wisconsin on Feb. 26. Iowa hosts Purdue on Feb. 27.
This is Iowa’s first weather-related postponement since a home game on Feb. 14, 2007, against Northwestern. That game was delayed one day and played as part of a women’s-men’s doubleheader at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Rudner hopes the television situation is ironed out by Wednesday. There are no time slots available on any ESPN platform Saturday. The Big Ten Network could also be problematic because of the challenge of finding a production truck and crew – usually 20 to 25 people – to get to Lincoln to work the game.
“These things are scheduled months in advance, and the trucks and the crews that TV uses, they’re working every day,” Rudner said.
Iowa, 17-9 overall and 6-7 in the Big Ten, takes a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s game. Nebraska is 12-14 overall and 3-10 in the Big Ten. Tickets previously purchased for Thursday will be good Saturday. Tickets are still available.
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