UPDATED as of 11:55 p.m. Central Time on Friday, January 22, 2016
A blizzard of over 28 inches combined with high winds causing blowing and drifting forces schools, conferences to reschedule key games
Noticing the news headlines and over 85 million people being very concerned on Twitter about the huge snowstorm impacting the Baltimore/Washington DC area (spreading as far north as New Jersey) which will start late this afternoon (Friday) and lasting about 36 hours into Sunday morning. This storm will be affecting parts of 15 states.
The Baltimore Sun newspaper mentioned in a column on their website Wednesday morning that several campuses were wrapping up semester finals this week and most have decided to wait until Monday to resume classes.
As a result, Coppin State’s games with North Carolina Central has been postponed until Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
CBSSports.com reported on Thursday that the Virginia Cavaliers smartly consulted with the ACC and moved two homes games in Charlottesville–who could be getting anywhere from a foot to two feet of snow by the time the blizzard ends.
Their game with Syracuse originally scheduled for Saturday at noon Eastern has been moved to Sunday night at 7 p.m. The Wake Forest game will be pushed back 24 hours to Tuesday night, same tip time of 7 p.m.
WTOP Newsradio in Washington mentioned on their Twitter page late Friday night that these men’s games will be rescheduled:
• George Mason vs. Duquesne (men’s basketball): Game originally scheduled for 4 p.m. took place at 2 p.m. Friday at RAC
• Maryland Athletics (all sports): All games/matches scheduled on campus this weekend have been postponed.
• Howard vs. Florida A&M doubleheader (women’s/men’s basketball): Both games rescheduled to Wed. Jan. 27 at 5 and 7 p.m.
• American University vs. Holy Cross (men’s basketball): Game has been rescheduled for Monday, February 1 at 2 p.m.
I will try my best to update fans if other games were moved or postponed until this Nor’easter storm passes over the Atlantic Ocean next week.
After Gonzaga was upset by St. Mary’s along with Kansas on Tuesday, the middle seeds could see some major jockeying for position
This is just my humble opinion here, I only wonder if it will stick somewhere in the Blogosphere:
If CBS or ESPN for that matter managed to invest just a little time in getting people excited about the NCAA Tournament similar to what ESPN has cleverly done with their ad campaign in the first two years of the CFP’s, I think fans would at least have a guide to what the Selection Committee is thinking leading into the wintry Dog Days of February.
Ratings during October and November on Tuesday night are generally up on ESPN to see “Who’s In”, when Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Friends dissect who are picked as the Top 4 football teams to qualify for that year’s pair of playoff games.
I only hope that in time–CBS can forgo one 30 minute block of poorly rated sitcoms on each Tuesday from after the Super Bowl until the week prior to Selection Sunday and turn that time back to New York so we can dissect the first 16 teams and each region’s top four overall seeds. You could have Greg Gumbel and Seth Davis pitching ideas via satellite with Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Charles Barkley in Atlanta–but I only wonder if this concept would fly over the longer term, since many online reports are having CBS and the Turner outlets expanding their hold on carrying the NCAA Tournament until at least the year 2024.
The Big 12 of course has had the most fluctuation on the top line with Kansas, then Oklahoma losing in recent weeks. Out West, Gonzaga might be overtaken by either Duke or Virginia.
I read some blogs here on WordPress from time to time, and the one labeled Bracketville are on the case each and every time. But as a fan, I do have some general ideas and I wonder over time as this blog continues to evolve–would this concept stick with you, my loyal readers?
I look forward to your comments. In the meantime, please stay safe out East and for the rest of us, let us continue to pray that everyone is warm and doesn’t go hungry during their weekend blizzard.