Tuesday night’s scheduled matchup between No. 15 Iowa and Indiana in Bloomington, Ind., has been postponed after a piece of metal fell from the ceiling and damaged seats at Assembly Hall hours before the game was scheduled to begin.
According to a release by the school, the beam that fell was eight feet long and just over a foot wide. Per a separate release, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass and coach Tom Crean will meet with reporters Tuesday night.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” Glass said in the initial release. “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.”
No new date has been announced, but Iowa sports information director Matt Weitzel said the Hawkeyes’ options for a rescheduled game this late in the season are limited.
“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.”
Iowa finished its pregame shootaround at Assembly Hall, which opened in 1971, nearly 90 minutes before the beam fell.
“As of right now, they don’t know when the game will be rescheduled,” Weitzel told ESPN.com. “From our vantage point, we don’t have any more open dates.”
Iowa’s next three scheduled games are against Wisconsin in Iowa City, Iowa, on Saturday, at Minnesota next Tuesday and at home March 1 against Purdue.
Duke faced a similar situation after last week’s game at North Carolina was postponed due to weather. As a result, the Blue Devils will play three games — Tuesday (at Georgia Tech), Thursday (at North Carolina) and Saturday (vs. Syracuse) — in five days.
But structural concerns about the facility weren’t the issue in that game.
ESPN was to air Iowa-Indiana at 9 p.m. ET and instead will show an SEC matchup between Georgia and Tennessee.
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