Maryland's trip to Tobacco Road proves to be a long, winding one

January 27, 2000|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Maryland wasn't in its desired location and it was 24 hours after it had planned to arrive, but the Terps did bed down in North Carolina last night.

A record snowfall of more than 20 inches was dumped on Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Tuesday, closing that facility until this morning and postponing No. 22 Maryland's game at North Carolina from last night to tonight.

The change had Troy Wainwright, the Terps' director of basketball operations who handles their travel arrangements, scrambling for much of the last two days.

With Raleigh-Durham International not scheduled to reopen until today, Maryland's charter jet instead landed at Piedmont Triangle International in Greensboro at approximately 7 p.m. The Terps usually stay in a Chapel Hill hotel when they play at North Carolina, but instead they spent last night at a hotel near the Piedmont airport.

"The hotel we were supposed to go to in Chapel Hill didn't have food service," Wainwright said. "Plus, the roads remain a problem."

It's approximately a 60-mile drive from the airport in Greensboro to Chapel Hill. Maryland planned to bus this morning to the Smith Center for a shoot-around, then resume its pre-game preparation at a nearby hotel.

The Howard at Morgan State men and Army at Navy men's and women's games postponed yesterday will be played tonight. The Morgan and Navy men's games will start at 7: 30. The Navy women will start at 5: 15. Johns Hopkins' women's and men's games against Franklin and Marshall also were moved from last night to tonight at 6 and 8, respectively. Washington College's men's game at Wesley (Del.) originally scheduled for last night has been moved to tonight at 7: 30. Tuesday's Virginia Union at Bowie women's and men's games have been moved to tomorrow at 5: 30 and 7: 30, respectively.

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