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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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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Feb 12, 11:04 a.m.

    This is a real shame that weather will prevent a lot of fans from attending the game. For those that do brave the elements, I hope they stay safe. The only silver lining in all this is that students may be able to get seats otherwise unavailable in the lower section, and they'll provide a lot more spark than the fans who usually reside in those lower bowl seats.

  • damita Feb 12, 11:17 a.m.

    sad that the governor has already asked people to stay off the roads yet canceling the game is a debate,,,

  • jmcdow2792 Feb 12, 11:26 a.m.

    This has happened in several ACC games this year. It all evens out.

  • dwntwnboy2 Feb 12, 12:02 p.m.

    Fill all the empty seats with the students that are right there on campus. Let THEM get the best seats in the house for a change.

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 12, 12:30 p.m.

    And if UNC wins, KIDS BE CAREFUL ON FRANKLIN STREET!!!

  • beechy Feb 12, 12:31 p.m.

    Love the idea of having students fill the seats! Go Heels!

  • dooksucks01 Feb 12, 12:38 p.m.

    There are some incredibly dumb people trying to claim that lack people are not interested in UNC and are staying home.
    Some people will claim anything no matter how much of a lie it is.

  • Desiderata Feb 12, 1:09 p.m.

    Praying for the game to be cancelled.I have to go to work tonight , and the thought of all those drivers who can't drive in the first place, being on the roads to get there early is terrifying. I can drive in this weather, already tried out the chains for the tires and they fit!

  • seedofdoubt Feb 12, 1:32 p.m.

    Absolutely NO reason to play tonight under these extremely dangerous circumstances. It's just a basketball game, folks. "Hard to re-schedule" What a lame excuse.

  • vt94hokies Feb 12, 1:58 p.m.

    There is no way I would drive anywhere with the roads so dangerous. It's not worth it.

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