The makeup date for Iowa’s men’s basketball game at Indiana remains in flux, with several options still on the table. One of those could involve moving the date of a future game to create some scheduling flexibility.
“We’ll do what we need to do,” Big Ten senior associate commissioner Mark Rudner said Wednesday. “I’d prefer not getting into any sort of specifics about what we’re talking about, only because it’s still a pretty fluid situation. But obviously we have a very short season and we’re going to have to shoehorn in the game someplace.”
Tuesday’s game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., was postponed after a 50-pound metal plate fell from the ceiling earlier in the day. At a news conference Wednesday, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said that engineers believe the building will be ready to host the next scheduled men’s game against Ohio State on March 2.
Glass also said the makeup game with Iowa will likely be played at Assembly Hall, and that he expects the building to be ready in advance of the Ohio State game. That means a speculated Feb. 27 date would still be a possibility.
Indiana plays at Northwestern on Saturday, when Iowa is playing host to Wisconsin. On Feb. 25, Indiana plays at Wisconsin and Iowa plays at Minnesota. The Hawkeyes then have Purdue at home on March 1, and Indiana hosts Ohio State the following day.
If the game was made up Feb. 27, and Iowa’s game with Purdue was moved back a day to March 2, the two teams would be playing on the same dates. And the Hawkeyes don’t play again until March 6 at Michigan State, before hosting Illinois March 8 in the regular-season finale. Purdue’s next scheduled game is March 5 at Wisconsin.
Three games in six days would be a drastic change for the Hawkeyes. Saturday’s 11 a.m. game against Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena will be Iowa’s second game in 14 days.
Iowa and Indiana have a 72-hour window to come to an agreeable date. If one can’t be reached, the Big Ten will get involved. Tuesday’s game was scheduled to be aired on ESPN. Rudner said television will not play a primary role in determining the rescheduled date.
“Obviously, the two most important parties are Indiana and Iowa,’ said Rudner, who is also the Big Ten’s television administrator. “There are a number of considerations. Television isn’t really primary in that. We need to reschedule the game according to what works best for Iowa and Indiana, and hopefully it’s on a date and time that works for ESPN. We’d work with them on the time, like we do any game.”
There are other issues to be considered, like Indiana’s fan base and Iowa having to make a return to trip to Bloomington.
“Both teams are going to have to deal with a compressed schedule,” Rudner said. “That’s just where we’re at with three weeks left in the season.”
Iowa, 19-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big Ten, trails Michigan State and Michigan by a game in the loss column of the conference standings and those in-state rivals play Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery acknowledged Tuesday that a compressed schedule would be an extra challenge.
“You can’t overanalyze it,” McCaffery said. “You can’t get upset with it. You just deal with it and move on. That’s the approach I take with the players and my staff. You know what happened. We’ll deal with it.”
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