The winter storm and icy conditions moving through the South Wednesday has caused teams to postpone games, 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 at Georgia Tech 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.
Northeastern’s road game with UNC-Wilmington was moved to Thursday at 7 p.m.
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 cancelled earlier in the day. Virginia officials expressed weather-related travel concerns and the game was postponed until Friday.
In South Carolina, the men’s game between Vanderbilt and the Gamecocks at Columbia was also postponed until Thursday. South Carolina officials announced the delay, citing the safety concerns. The contest will be played at 4 p.m.
One marquee game — No. 8 Duke at rival North Carolina — was rescheduled for Feb. 20, though the time is still undetermined.
The postponement came about 3½ hours before the scheduled tipoff at 9:10 p.m.
UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement that Duke’s bus couldn’t make it to the Durham campus to pick up the Blue Devils for the 11-mile drive to Chapel Hill. He called the postponement ‘‘the best decision to make at this time’’ because of safety concerns.
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 Thursday night. Georgetown moved its Wednesday night women’s game to a noon start and lost to Seton Hall, 72-71.
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.
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.
The storm also delayed several of Friday’s opening Division 1 college baseball games throughout the region.