"I wish it was played 10 days ago, now that we lost," Iowa coach Fran McCaffery said. "But everybody was in the same boat. We had to make two trips, OK, but the only thing I can say is if somebody would have gotten hurt or killed that night, we couldn't take that risk. I don't want to make an excuse as to that's why we lost."
But the timing certainly wasn't good.
The Hawkeyes host Purdue on Sunday before going to Michigan State next Thursday for the first of two games in three days. They wrap up the regular season at home against Illinois on March 8.
The two weeks leading up to the Big Ten tournament aren't much better for the Hoosiers. They host Ohio State on Sunday, Nebraska on Wednesday and then go to Michigan on March 8.
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