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Iowa Basketball Skips Maryland Trip During Inauguration

Brock Fritz

The Iowa and Maryland women’s basketball teams have opted to postpone Thursday’s game due to safety concerns surrounding Joe Biden’s Wednesday inauguration in Washington, D.C.

The Iowa athletic department announced Tuesday night that the Hawkeyes (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) would not be travelling to Maryland, a decision that Iowa said was supported by the Big Ten Conference.

The universities will attempt to reschedule the game, which was scheduled for a 5 p.m. ET tipoff in College Park, Maryland. The campus is about 13 miles from the White House, where the inauguration is being held.

Sports Illustrated reported that Maryland (11-1, 7-0) was prepared to play Thursday, as all of the Terrapins’ winter teams are on campus while the rest of the student body is on winter break. SI also reported that Maryland has received no threats, although the D.C. area has seen increased security since the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

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