Snow drifts Terps game

Carolina matchup is pushed back to tomorrow night

2 road games in 3 days

Wizards, Loyola among other postponements

January 26, 2000|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Maryland's basketball game at North Carolina, scheduled for tonight, was one of the victims of the winter storm that blew up the East Coast yesterday, as the Atlantic Coast Conference contest has been pushed back until tomorrow night.

Only the date has changed. The game will start at 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.

The Terps had planned to take a charter jet from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Raleigh-Durham International last night, but both were shut down by hazardous travel conditions. By yesterday afternoon, Raleigh-Durham International was under a record snowfall of more than 18 inches.

No. 22 Maryland will play two road games in three days. The Terps plan to jet Friday from Raleigh-Durham to Tallahassee to face Florida State.

ACC commissioner John Swofford and coaches and athletic directors from both schools spent much of yesterday negotiating the postponement.

"Basically, we couldn't guarantee getting out by [this] morning, and they couldn't guarantee us ground transportation once we got there," Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow said. "This worked as good for them as it did for us."

Asked if a move to March 6, the Monday before the ACC tournament, was considered, Yow said: "We talked about that, but ESPN preferred this Thursday. Swofford talked directly to them."

ESPN had scheduled repeats of "Matchup of the Millennium" for the 7 to 9 p.m. time slot tomorrow. On March 6, it will show the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament championship game at 7 p.m., and the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final at 9 p.m.

Maryland's spring session has not begun, but today's classes at North Carolina were canceled.

"We wouldn't have had that large of a crowd even if we were able to play," North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour told the Winston-Salem Journal.

The last time a Maryland men's basketball game was disrupted by winter weather was in 1996. Shortly after the Terps lost to North Carolina at Cole Field House on Jan. 6, a major storm moved into the region, and Florida State was unable to make it to College Park three days later.

The Seminoles finally came north March 4, between the regular-season finales and the ACC tournament.

If there is a silver lining to the delay, it will give Terence Morris' sprained ankle another 24 hours to heal. The junior forward struggled as Maryland (13-5, 2-3) dropped its first three ACC games.

Elsewhere yesterday:

The Stony Brook-Loyola men's basketball game at Reitz Arena was postponed. The game was rescheduled for today at 2.

Two area men's basketball games scheduled for tonight -- Army at Navy and Howard at Morgan State -- were postponed until tomorrow night.

No. 21 North Carolina State's men's basketball game at Clemson was pushed back a day to tomorrow, as was the Villanova-Pittsburgh game.

The New York Knicks-Washington Wizards NBA game at the MCI Center was postponed and rescheduled for March 8.

The NHL game between the Phoenix Coyotes and Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., was postponed. No makeup date was scheduled.

Races at Laurel Park were canceled, but the track is scheduled to resume racing today. Philadelphia Park and the Meadowlands in New Jersey also canceled their cards.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Next for Terps

Opponent: North Carolina (11-8, 2-3 ACC)

Site: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

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