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February 18, 2013

Snowstorm has Thursday's game vs. Iowa in doubt

In typical Nebraska fashion, after unseasonably warm days over the weekend, weather reports are now projecting a significant snowstorm to pass through the eastern portion of the state on Thursday.

As that relates to the Husker basketball team, the storm could end up causing some major issues with the scheduled home game against Iowa on Thursday night.

With the latest weather reports Monday morning predicting as much as 12-20 inches of snow to hit the Lincoln area on Thursday, there apparently has already been talk between the Nebraska and Iowa athletic departments about potential back-up plans if it is deemed too dangerous for the Hawkeyes to make the trip for the game.

Both NU head coach Tim Miles and Iowa's Fran McCaffery were asked about the situation during Monday's weekly Big Ten coaches' teleconference, and neither was sure how far the discussion of possibly moving the game up or back had gotten to this point.

"I've heard that it's being discussed at the administrative levels, and that's kind of where it begins and ends," Miles said. "Coaches, we just usually are consulted. They might ask your input a little bit, but I have not heard anything further than it actually has been discussed."

McCaffery said he hadn't heard anything regarding a schedule change for the game, but did not rule it out as a possibility.

"Well, there could be," he said when asked if there was any truth to rumors about the game being rescheduled, "but I haven't heard anything about it."

Should the administrations end up deciding to move the game, they would have a few options in deciding when to have rescheduled. They could push the game up a day on Wednesday to try and get the Hawkeyes back home before the storm hits, or they could hold it off until this weekend.

There are no Big Ten games scheduled for Saturday, and both teams have an open day on Sunday. However, NU has a home women's gymnastics meet at the Devaney Center on Friday night and then a women's basketball home game scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Miles said he was unsure when a final decision would need to be made, but noted that there were a lot more factors involved with moving the game than just the game itself.

"I would prefer to keep the original date and just proceed as planned," Miles said. "We've got a lot of things to consider, not only with playing the game and trying to win the game, but recruiting travel and a bunch of other stuff. Either way, we'll make it work."

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