Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm / Updated at 6:56 pm
Miles: Weather postponement ‘just part of the game’
Iowa at Nebraska
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Devaney Center, Lincoln
Radio: 1110 AM KFAB
TV: None

LINCOLN — Don’t look for a two-day postponement in the Nebraska men’s basketball game against Iowa to faze coach Tim Miles.

As someone raised in South Dakota and who has coached in Minnesota, North Dakota and Colorado, weather-related delays are nothing new.

“It’s just part of the game,” Miles said Wednesday. “Where I grew up and coached, this happens on a regular basis. Just a slight adjustment and proceed accordingly.

“The only difficult part is the short turnaround for the Wisconsin game.”

The Huskers (12-14, 3-10) — after hosting Iowa (17-9, 6-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday instead of Thursday night — now will have just two days of preparation before playing at Wisconsin next Tuesday.

The schedule change also altered the coaching staff’s recruiting plans for the week, but Miles called that disruption a minor blip.

Nebraska is dealing with a new injury this week, but it’s on the coaching staff.

Assistant Craig Smith suffered a broken nose during a drill in which he uses a large foam pad to push players who are working on inside position. Freshman forward Shavon Shields muscled past the pad and accidentally smacked Smith.

“Coach Smith’s just not tough enough. I’m not sure we’re going to keep him,” Miles joked. “He didn’t think he was going to have it reset, but then he decided today to have it done.

“The handsome and debonair Craig Smith can’t have a little crease in his nose.”

The Nebraska-Iowa game was originally set to be shown on ESPN2. Because of the date change, it will no longer be on TV, but will be broadcast on

Tickets from Thursday night are good for Saturday. Other tickets are on sale for $10 and $15.

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.



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