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Indiana-Iowa game postponed

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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, which opened in 1971.

"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.

"Schools have 72 hours to figure out when to reschedule," Big Ten associate commissioner Mark Rudner told ESPN. "If they can't agree, then the commissioners office will reschedule. We'll be meeting on this first thing Wednesday morning."

No. 15 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.

Iowa spokesman Matt Weitzel said rescheduling the game will be a challenge. Iowa's next game is at home against Wisconsin on Saturday.

"Obviously, we are disappointed tonight's game had to be cancelled," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "(Coach) Fran (McCaffery) and his team are in contention for a Big Ten title and were looking forward to the opportunity to getting back on the court.

"The most important part of this equation is safety. We are in full support of Indiana's decision to postpone the game based on the issues with Assembly Hall."

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

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