Duke players are prepared to "adjust accordingly" their travel plans for Wednesday night's game at North Carolina - located some eight miles from its campus - ahead of a heavy winter storm that's expected to hit parts of the eastern seaboard.
Duke team spokesman Matt Plizga said those plans could involve the team leaving earlier than anticipated in an effort to get ahead of the storm, according to a report from WRAL.com. The game is to go on as scheduled for a 9 p.m. start so long as players, coaches and officials can make it to the Dean Dome, according to ACC policy. A league spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that game officials have already arrived to the Smith Center on the Chapel Hill campus.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory had planned on going to the big-ticket game but said Wednesday morning at a press conference that he doesn't plan on testing the roads, advising locals to "stay smart - don't put your stupid hat on," according to the report.
WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said he can't responsibly advise people to be on the road at 9 p.m. when the game begins since that's when the peak of the wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain is expected.
Downtown Raleigh! (Via @WRAL) pic.twitter.com/lGSqD2YiIy — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 12, 2014