Heels Brace For Storm, Change Travel Plans For Sunday's Game

February 05, 2010|By Jeff Barker | Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com

Officials with the North Carolina men's basketball team said Thursday that they plan to charter a plane to the Baltimore area today in an effort to beat the snowstorm expected to blanket the area this weekend.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to play Maryland at 2 p.m. Sunday at College Park.

The Terps played at Florida State on Thursday night while North Carolina traveled to Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels planned to travel back to North Carolina after the Virginia Tech game and leave for the Baltimore area today.

North Carolina officials originally planned to fly to Maryland on Saturday. The change means an extra day on the road for the Tar Heels, something teams seek to avoid when they are trying to prepare - and rest - between games.

Maryland usually departs on a charter flight immediately after road games. But - because the Florida State game is a late start - the Terps planned to spend the night in Tallahassee and, like North Carolina, try to fly in ahead of the storm today.

Maryland coach Gary Williams, who coached at Ohio State, said he is more accustomed than his players to weather-related travel issues.

"Our guys think it's not supposed to snow here because they're big Al Gore fans and they heard all about global warming," Williams said.

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