Saturday night's scheduled basketball game between North Carolina and NC State has been postponed to Sunday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. "due to to the likelihood of dangerous and worsening road conditions later this evening," UNC announced in a statement on Saturday afternoon.
North Carolina has been hit hard by a winter blast, even drawing a State of Emergency declaration from the Governor.
"Considering the travel conditions, we are not comfortable with the idea that thousands of people, from the players, coaches, and officials to fans of both teams and the hundreds of people that staff the Smith Center for the game, would be leaving the arena tonight after 10 p.m.," UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. "Everyone attending the game on Sunday will still need to use extreme caution in getting to and from the game, but we think there is a huge difference between driving in the daylight as opposed to this evening, when conditions are expected to be treacherous."
"The ACC policy of playing if the teams and officials can get to the arena also takes into consideration all the appropriate people getting home safely as well, and when you weigh the risks associated with people being on the roads late tonight versus playing tomorrow afternoon, the correct decision is to postpone the game."
As was previously planned, the game will be broadcasted on ESPN.