Duke-North Carolina game postponed due to weather, rescheduled for Feb. 20
Duke's and North Carolina's campuses are separated by just eight miles, but that distance has proved insurmountable Wednesday night.
After varying reports throughout the afternoon, Duke's visit to North Carolina has been postponed because of bad weather. The game has been rescheduled for February 20th.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a warning for 95 out of 100 counties in North Carolina. Nearby Wake County has since declared a state of emergency because of the falling snow. Duke sports information director Matt Plizga said that the team will "adjust accordingly" to weather when making its travel plans. Carolina has cancelled the Tar Heel Express shuttle service for the game.
Whether or not the weather will make the trip impossible is to be determined. Neither Duke nor North Carolina has made any official announcement, but below are some reports from the area. We'll keep this post updated with the latest news.
UPDATE at 5:40 p.m.: The game has been officially postponed.
Source confirms Duke-UNC game will be postponed.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) February 12, 2014
UPDATE at 5:22 p.m.: ABC 11 (WTVD) report Mark Armstrong, citing an anonymous Duke staffer, has said that the game has been canceled.
From Duke staffer: 'Done deal' that game is off for tonight. Waiting for ACC approval.
— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) February 12, 2014
UPDATE at 4 p.m.: North Carolina distributed an email to members of the media, stating that the game is still schedule for a 9:10 p.m. tip. "ACC policy states that we should play the game if the teams, officials and games operations staff can safely get to the arena," Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said. "As of right now, we believe that those critical personnel will be able to get here. We distributed approximately 6,000 student tickets before today and we will be able to get more students in the building once we see how many people with tickets actually attend the game. Seats that go unused by season ticket holders will be filled by students."
People are abandoning cars on 54 about 2.5 miles from Smith Center. pic.twitter.com/MCCJJejQ84
— Mark Thompson (@mthompsonNR) February 12, 2014
Safely here in Chapel Hill. Per a source, the officials are at the Dome, the game ops are there, ticket people are there. Duke leaving at 6.
— Ed Hardin (@Ed_Hardin) February 12, 2014
Downtown Raleigh! (Via @WRAL) pic.twitter.com/lGSqD2YiIy — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 12, 2014
I mean, it doesn't seem possible to drive from Durham to Chapel Hill. Like the roads are girdlocked. All of them.
— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 12, 2014
the alternate route from Durham w/ Franklin closed RT @B_H_1983 @DonnaGrapstul “ The scene on 54 near Chapel Hill. pic.twitter.com/n1qLix79Ue” — Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 12, 2014