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UNC-Duke game to tip at 9 p.m. Feb. 20

Posted February 12
Updated February 13

The basketball game between North Carolina and Duke postponed Wednesday by bad weather has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, at 9 p.m. The game will air locally on WRAL-TV.

“Duke’s bus is not able to get to their campus to pick up the team in time to be able to make the trip to Chapel Hill so we can’t play this evening,” said UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “The safety of the teams and officials is the number one priority and this was the best decision to make at this time. Coach Williams, Coach Krzyzewski, (Duke AD) Kevin White and I will be on the phone with the ACC and make a decision as to when to play the game as soon as possible.”

Classes at UNC were cancelled and offices closed Wednesday afternoon effective through 11 a.m. Thursday due to the winter weather.

“This is always one of the most anticipated games of the season, but everyone’s safety is our top priority and we want people to use discretion and follow Governor McCrory’s advice to stay off the roads,” said Cunningham.

According to ACC policy, games are urged to be played so long as the two teams and officials can make it to the arena. Spokesman Matt Bowers said Wednesday afternoon that the officials had already made it to Raleigh and were expected to arrive at the Smith Center well before game time.

Game time was expected to coincide with the peak of the winter storm Wednesday night in the Triangle, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

"I can't responsibly advise fans to be on the road at 9 p.m. tonight," Fishel said.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said he had tickets to the game but wasn't planning to test the roads even if the game was played. In a press conference Wednesday morning, McCrory told residents, "Stay smart. Don't put your stupid hat on."
 

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  • badcompany1023 Feb 14, 2:22 p.m.

    Thursdays forecast around 70 I think I will cook some lamb ( ram ) chops on the grill

    and whats the problem with waiting a few days . unc fans have been waiting over a year to beat DUKE in Mbball but your gonna have to keep waiting because its not going to happen thursday feb 20th or mar 8th maybe you all should hold your breath until that next win .

  • 903 Hail Providence Feb 14, 12:40 p.m.

    Hopefully it doesn't rain or something on Thursday so the feeble K and company can make it

    — Posted by Whistling Dixie

    Dawkins, Hood, Sulaimon, Cook, Thornton, Parker... It's gonna rain THREES all night long...

  • Whistling Dixie Feb 14, 10:51 a.m.

    Hopefully it doesn't rain or something on Thursday so the feeble K and company can make it

  • heelsforever Feb 14, 8:55 a.m.

    Good Lord, you guys still fighting this thing??!?!? I thought some southerners held onto the Civil War a tad too long, but this s almost as bad.

  • 903 Hail Providence Feb 14, 7:46 a.m.

    This one's on Duke?

    You're joking right?

    What happens if Duke gets on the bus and the bus has an... View More

    — Posted by 903 Hail Providence

    ACC policy states that if the officials and the two teams can make it, the game is on. ESPN and... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    From the news reports I've read, Duke was at the mercy of the bus company that was unable to get... View More

    — Posted by 903 Hail Providence

    Classes at Duke were cancelled at noon that day chief. And yes, Duke does have 4 wheel drive... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    And yes, Duke does have 4 wheel drive vehicles that could have take the team over.

    Link to these "4 wheel drive vehicles"?

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 14, 7:43 a.m.

    Please play this game before some fans loose their minds? Tired of hearing about it.

  • Honesty first Feb 14, 7:36 a.m.

    Doesn't make ANY sense at all. WRAL had coverage ALL afternoon about the roads. Duke should... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    This one's on Duke?

    You're joking right?

    What happens if Duke gets on the bus and the bus has an... View More

    — Posted by 903 Hail Providence

    ACC policy states that if the officials and the two teams can make it, the game is on. ESPN and... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    From the news reports I've read, Duke was at the mercy of the bus company that was unable to get... View More

    — Posted by 903 Hail Providence

    Classes at Duke were cancelled at noon that day chief. And yes, Duke does have 4 wheel drive vehicles that could have take the team over. Duke planned poorly and now had egg on its face. Admit it, Duke screwed up!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 14, 7:05 a.m.

    I know you didn't use the immature terminology "chicken out". I was referencing the UNC trolls,... View More

    — Posted by 903 Hail Providence

    Fair enough,903.

  • 903 Hail Providence Feb 14, 6:51 a.m.

    I know you didn't use the immature terminology "chicken out". I was referencing the UNC trolls, like markie and golower for their multitudes of threads calling Coach K a coward...

  • jmcdow2792 Feb 14, 6:03 a.m.

    Isn't it really strange that all the UNC fans on here are so upset because a game was cancelled where the "regular" fans would not be able to attend and would be replaced with students? What is this saying about the situation in Chapel Hill?

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