FORT WAYNE – Indiana coach Tom Crean is prepared for his men’s basketball team to have a tight turnaround between games at some point in the final 2 1/2 weeks of the season.
The Hoosiers’ home game against No. 15 Iowa was postponed Tuesday when a piece of metal fell from the Assembly Hall roof onto a seat in the lower bowl of the arena’s northwest corner.
IU, which will play its scheduled women’s basketball home game against Michigan at 7 p.m. today, and Iowa have not set a makeup date. But the options will be limited with the Hoosiers’ season finale scheduled for March 8 and the Big Ten tournament set to start March 13 in Indianapolis.
When you look at our schedule, their schedule, and look at where the possibilities could be without having any true idea to this point, there is going to be no way around that, Crean said at a news conference Tuesday, which was also attended by athletic director Fred Glass and Thomas Morrison, the university’s vice president for capital planning and facilities.
So bottom line is you just adjust, and that’s what we’ve done today. Our guys were extremely ready to play, in that sense, to be where we needed to be to have that mindset going into the game tonight. I’m disappointed we didn’t get to do that. But that pales in comparison to what any of us would have felt like at 9:30, 10 tonight if something would have happened inside that building, and that is exactly how I said it to the players after practice.
Glass said the school had to turn down an offer from the Pacers to play the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse today, because the logistics of changing venues on such short notice were too many.
The Big Ten Handbook says when a conference game is postponed the two participating institutions have 72 hours to reach an agreement on when to make up the game and after that the commissioner or a conference designee will review the situation and set a makeup date.
Glass said he is confident the two schools will be able to make arrangements in the 72-hour period, and he believes the Hoosiers will be able to play Iowa and their other scheduled home games at Assembly Hall.
IU is scheduled to play host to Ohio State on March 2 and Nebraska on March 5.
Finding a place for the Iowa game on the remaining schedule could be tricky.
IU has road games against Northwestern on Saturday, Wisconsin on Tuesday and Michigan on March 8 remaining. Iowa’s remaining games are at home against No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday, at Minnesota on Tuesday, home against Purdue on March 1, at Michigan State on March 6 and home against Illinois on March 8.
Our expectation is that we’ll be able to have it as a home game, Glass said of making up the Iowa game.
If unexpectedly this is different than we think it is now and we’re shut down for the rest of the year, then I think we’d look at every contingency.