Iowa-Indiana postponed after piece of ceiling falls

No one injured after metal facing falls into seating area

Author: By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 18 2014 05:24:50 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 18 2014 07:11:55 AM EST
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Tuesday night's Iowa-Indiana basketball game scheduled for Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., was postponed after a metal piece fell from the ceiling and damaged seats.

Indiana officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the game, scheduled to be broadcast by ESPN, would not be played because of safety concerns. A metal facing approximately 8 feet by 14 inches fell from the ceiling into the lower bowl about 6 1/2 hours before tipoff and damaged seats in Section F in the northwest corner of the arena.

"Safety is our No. 1 priority," Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said. "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."

There was no immediate word on a makeup date or whether the Indiana women's game against Michigan on Wednesday night would be affected.

Iowa (19-6, 8-4) is in the third place in the Big Ten, trailing co-leaders Michigan State and Michigan, by 1 1/2 games as the regular season enters its final three weeks. The Hawkeyes have won three of their last four games.

Slumping Indiana (14-11, 4-8) has lost three consecutive games and four of its last five.