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Wednesday, December 29, 2021 1:00 am

IU-UNC Asheville game will not be rescheduled

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Indiana basketball's game against North Carolina-Asheville scheduled for today at Assembly Hall was canceled because of coronavirus concerns within the UNC-Asheville program, the Hoosiers announced Tuesday.

The game will not be rescheduled.

“As we continue to navigate the challenges of the pandemic, we are disappointed for both programs, but we will always put the health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans as our top priority,” Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson said in a news release.

Those who have tickets will receive notification from the IU Athletics ticket office with further information regarding their ticket purchase, the Hoosiers said.

Coach Mike Woodson discussed his team's own coronavirus situation on his radio show Monday night, pronouncing Indiana in good health.

“Everybody's back healthy and ready to go,” the first-year coach said.

The game's cancellation means Indiana's non-conference schedule is likely complete. It could theoretically schedule a game against another team facing a cancellation, but there is no indication it plans to do so. 

The Hoosiers (10-2) went 9-1 in their out-of-league games, losing only to Syracuse in double overtime while beating Notre Dame and St. John's.

Indiana will re-start Big Ten play – the conference's teams already played two league contests apiece in early December – Sunday on the road against Penn State (5-5, 0-2 Big Ten) at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Nittany Lions are in their first season under new coach Micah Shrewsberry.

Indiana is 0-2 in true road games this season. By the time they face Penn State, the Hoosiers will have gone 11 days since their last game, a 79-61 win over Northern Kentucky on Dec. 22.

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