Storm forces schedule changes

Updated: February 12, 2014, 7:07 PM ET
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The winter storm and icy conditions moving through the South on Wednesday has caused teams to postpone games scheduled for this week, including Georgia Tech's contest with Boston College in Atlanta only hours after officials said the contest was a go.

As the storm continued throughout the day, officials with the Georgia Tech administrators thought better about opening the basketball arena and chose to postpone the game until Thursday.

While both teams and game officials were in Atlanta, Georgia Tech administrators decided road conditions made it unsafe for many essential game operations personnel and fans to reach the downtown arena. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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AP Photo/David TulisBad weather in Atlanta on Wednesday forced the postponement of Georgia Tech's men's and women's basketball games with Boston College and Virginia.

Some schools didn't wait long before deciding the winter conditions were too severe to play games.

The Georgia Tech women's basketball game in Atlanta against Virginia scheduled for Wednesday night was canceled postponed in the day. Virginia officials expressed weather-related travel concerns and the game was moved to Friday.

In South Carolina, the men's basketball game between Vanderbilt and the Gamecocks at Columbia that was scheduled for Wednesday night was also postponed until Thursday. South Carolina officials announced the delay, citing the safety concerns. The contest will be played 4 p.m. Thursday.

A marquee game between No. 8 Duke and rival North Carolina was also postponed. The game will be played Feb. 20, though the time is still undetermined.

"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," UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "The safety of the teams and officials is the number one priority and this was the best decision to make at this time. Coach (Roy) Williams, coach (Mike) 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."

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said fans should follow Gov. Pat McCrory's advice to stay off the roads. McCrory said earlier Wednesday he would not attend.

South Carolina coach Frank Martin took his family to work with him on Wednesday.

Martin said he didn't want them to be at their home should the neighborhood lose power.

"My son is shooting baskets right now," the coach said of 6-year-old Christian. "I might put him in at practice."

Vanderbilt arrived Tuesday and is staying at a hotel near campus until Thursday's game can be played.

Martin said he and Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings would've done anything possible to play, but understand what the hazards of playing may have meant for fans and those working at South Carolina's 18,000-seat arena.

"We have to make sure everyone's safe," he said.

Some schools took extra measures to get games in.

The Georgia women's team left Tuesday morning -- some 57 hours before tipoff -- to play at No. 14 Texas A&M on Thursday night. Georgetown moved its Wednesday night women's game to a noon start and lost to Seton Hall, 72-71.

Still, several college games in the region scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday were affected by the weather:

• In Georgia: Georgia State called off a doubleheader with its men's and women's teams scheduled to host Texas State; Georgia Southern postponed its home game with UNC Greensboro that was to be played in Statesboro, Ga.

• In North Carolina, High Point postponed its men's game with Charleston Southern from Thursday to Monday.

• In South Carolina: Stetson's game at USC Upstate in Spartanburg, Davidson's contest at Citadel in Charleston and Elon's matchup with Furman in Greenville were all postponed. Football practices Wednesday for Friday night's College All Star Bowl for draft-eligible seniors at Furman also were cancelled.

• In Tennessee: Chattanooga postponed its home contest with Western Carolina.

The region's NBA teams were all out of town and far from the storm Wednesday except for the Orlando Magic, who are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies. The forecast for Orlando, though, was 81 degrees.

No NHL games are scheduled to be played as the league took three weeks off during the Sochi Olympics.

The storm did delay several of Friday's opening Division I college baseball games throughout the region. Teams from the North typically travel South to start the season but several schools, including South Carolina, Wofford, Wake Forest and USC Upstate, pushed games back to Saturday.

It's the second time in two weeks a winter storm has disrupted the Southeast. Areas from Texas to the Carolinas had slick roads, hundreds of thousands were without power, and a wintry mix fell in many areas. The Mid-Atlantic region also was expected to be hit as the storm crawled north and east.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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