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Maryland-Virginia men's basketball game postponed until Feb. 15

The men's basketball game between Maryland and Virginia, originally scheduled to take place Wednesday night, has been postponed until Monday, Feb. 15 due to the severe snowstorm that is expected to hit the D.C. region over the next few days, according to a release just issued by Maryland officials. The game's start time has yet to be determined, but all tickets for the originally scheduled contest will be honored on the 15th, the release stated.

Here is some more information provided by the university, directly from the press release:

Due to the area’s continuing unprecedented winter weather conditions and historic snow accumulations, the University of Maryland, University of Virginia and ACC have agreed that the rare postponement is in the best interest of all involved, after consultation with the campus chief of police and the University’s Associate Vice President for Facilities Management.

The University of Maryland has been closed since Friday, February 5th due to the conditions created by the past weekend’s blizzard. While University crews continue to work hard to remove snow from campus roads, sidewalks, steps and parking lots, there are still large portions of gameday parking lots and sidewalks which remain impassable due to the historic snow totals, to date.

An approaching storm is projected to dump more than a foot of new snow across the region, beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing well into Wednesday, resulting in conditions that preclude the game from being played as originally scheduled.

Director of Athletics Deborah Yow and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Gary Williams have expressed their appreciation for all of the work done by campus employees and the Athletics staff that allowed the UNC game to be played under challenging circumstances. Those circumstances now move from being challenging to impossible for campus staff to manage, with the second major snowstorm approaching in less than a week.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 9, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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This sucks for us. 3 games in 6 days with two trips to tobacco road. Damn snow.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 9, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

5 DAYS!!!

Posted by: curtsterps | February 9, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The Terps got the short end of this stick. UVA goes to VaTech (bus) on Saturday evening and then just stays on the same bus up to CP for Monday evening. Then they take the same bus back to campus for a Wednesday 7 PM game against the 'Noles.

The Terps, in contrast, must go to Duke, which will likely be a very emotional national TV game against a top 10 team, and then fly back to campus for a Monday game against the Cavs. They will then have to get back on a plane to the Research Triangle to battle the Wolfpack for a 9 PM tip. Theoretically, the Terps' games get easier as they progress this 3-game stretch, while the Cavs' games get harder.

Gary better keep these guys loose, because sitting around waiting to go to Durham could derail what was a very hot team.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 9, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Russtinator and Jfpterps are right about how badly the Terps get screwed by this. It's really ridiculous. Not to mention the lots were fine on Sunday. Yeah a few small areas had 8 feet of snow but for the most part the lots were cleared and the path to Comcast Center was completely cleared. The steps leading up to the arenas not only didn't have any snow, they were completely dry (unlike the 03 Wake game where the snow had not been removed at all from the steps).

The decision to postpone this just seems suspicious to me, given the fact that a lot of the alumni ticket holders were very unhappy they couldn't make it to the UNC game and were worried they wouldn't be able to make it to this game. Are we postponing games because boosters were unhappy missing 2 key games? If so, our season ticket holders need to realize that this is making things much more difficult for the Terps.

Most ACC teams have already played 1 more ACC game than the Terps. By the time we play Duke this weekend, most ACC teams will have played 2 more ACC games than us...which means we're going to be squeezing in 2 more games the rest of the way while other teams in the league are afforded the luxury of playing on regular rest the rest of the way.

Last but not least, what a momentum killer. We'd have almost certainly beaten UVA tomorrow night with regular 3 days rest and with another great home crowd of mostly we'll have to play them on 1 days rest after playing our toughest game of the year.

Hope the people who made this idiotic decision are happy.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 9, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

For everyone whining about the situation why don't you offer up an alternative plan?

Seriously, the people that made this decision probably weighed everything from here to the moon and this was what they thought was best. They probably even consulted with, gasp, UMD officials.

It's no conspiracy against anybody.

Does it stink? Sure, but I'm sure Gary-The-God and the players will make the best of it and I'm sure most of them aren't crying like school children because of the update in scheduling.

But again, if someone on here thinks they have a better plan I'd love to hear it.

Shoot, send it over to ACC higher-ups too.

With that said, I guess the "We Want Duke" chants were now right on.

Now we just have longer to prepare for a blue-devil beat down.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

And that's a beat down we'll give, not receive. In case I had to clarify for any of the country rubes out there.

Enjoy the snow. I'll be enjoying temperatures with a high of 63 today, with high's reaching into the mid-70s by the weekend.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Of course, reading through previous blog entries other Terp fans seem to understand the decision and are accepting it for what it's worth, not whining via their keyboard.

Viva La Terps.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

There are plenty of us who are true Maryland fans, who want the program to be better ("elite") and who will speak out when it is pretty clear that things need to improve. But we also root for the team and want every season to be great. There is a chance for that this year and we are riding a positive wave.

So say what you want if that makes you feel better, but realize that real fans have high expectations for Maryland basketball.

Posted by: petecard | February 9, 2010 9:43 AM

Truer words have never been spoken, but of course, if one wants UMD to be an elite program and speaks out about various shortcomings, they're labeled by the thought police as bad fans.

Gotta love it. I wonder how many of these thought police I shared a classroom with in Susquehanna Hall.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

validation for everyone who was looking past uva towards duke

Posted by: ICBomber | February 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I'm typing this but, I agree with Poopy here. It is what it is. The players will adjust.

And if the UMD officials considered some upset big money, season ticket holders as a reason for rescheduling, well, welcome to the real world of college sports, where big money donors rule. They help pay the freight after all. And trust me, I'm not one, I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 9, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

hehehe, barno1 if you had only said you agreed with this decision to postpone, you could have tricked your stalker into saying he hates it~!

Coming up next week on the Poopy the Stalker show: Barno expresses joy in beating Duke, Poopy goes postal.

Posted by: rickytterp | February 9, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

All of us know that the situation of playing 3 games in 5 days is not ideal but the decision has been made and now we got to move forward with it. All three are big time games (a win vs Duke paces us within first place, our rival game with UVA, and an away game that is winnable at NC State-watch out for more Grevis haters at this one) and in essence prepares us for the hectic schedule of tourney life. Come on guys, let's stay positive instead of ripping administration cause that is wasted energy. GO TERPS!!

Posted by: terptilldeath | February 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

In honor of ya'lls snow and since someone a few posts back said they enjoyed my stories here's another.

Either freshman or sophomore year while in Wicomico we had a pretty nice snowstorm that canceled classes for a few days. So after getting properly bundled up (and liquored up) we went out to have snowball fights, played some snow ultimate frisbee, stole some trays from the South Campus Dining Hall and went sledding.

Than as we were coming back we thought "hey lets build a snowman right here in front of Wicomico." Good hour or so later our snowman was pretty much done. Bout 5-6 feet tall, carrot nose, CD's for eyes (no one had charcoal and we figured it'd be cheaper to use a 3rd Eye Blind and Semisonic cd), branches for hands, scarf, hat, etc.

But than we wanted out snowman to stick out, be different from all the others that were made on campus, and really represent Wicomico. So what'd we do?

We gave our snowman 36C's and used pen-caps for the teats.

Were we done? Nope. We than went below the border and gave our snowman some junk, along the lines of Peter North-size.

Needless to say when our cross-gendered snowman was complete we were all giggling and rolling in the snow like girls and boy did we take some pictures with our new friend.

So in the end, Wicomico had a transvestite snowman sitting infront of it's dorm and it stayed there for about a week until it started to melt. We were all kinda flummoxed that no school offical came to knock out tranny-snowman down earlier since it could be seen by a good amount of people on a daily basis.

If only I could find the pictures. Dude (or dudette) really put Frosty to shame.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

While I will miss what I was expecting to be some much-needed entertainment while snowed in, I think this does help to some extent. Maybe we lose a little bit of momentum by having five days off, but I think the UVA game had the potential to a be a let-down game. Much better to play Duke, a game we can't not take seriously, first before UVA. While I'd love us to win all three, I'd rather go 2-1 with a win at Duke than 2-1 with wins against nationally irrelevant teams.

Posted by: stjerome03 | February 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, I don't see anyone acting as the thought police except you. "Pointing out our shortcomings"? Is that what you call wanting Gary to be fired when MD was struggling? Gary IS a god at Maryland, if you don't understand this why are you even on a Terps blog? You lost all credibility dude, and no amount of posturing, attacking, or stalking can change this.

No one cares about your stories from
college either. I'm sure a few will chuckle at your immaturity (which continues to this day). Ha ha a transvestite snow man, wow how clever of you.

Posted by: mikegt67 | February 9, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

you're right mikegt i'll just go away forever.

So long

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that just not too long ago so many posters were just so upset over all the insults that Vasquez had to put up with down at Fl. St.

Yet those same posters love hurling their own insults over the faceless internet. Atleast the Seminole fans had the balls to do it in person, not something I'd imagine most of the insult-throwers on here would actually do.


Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

My take is Poopy likes antagonizing but actually would be fun to hang out with. His tales from Wicomico remind me of some antics I pulled in Easton Hall and the Knox Towers.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 9, 2010 8:55 AM

Whatch out jpf, mikegt (a bonafide member of the thought police) has proclaimed all old college stories to be boring and immature. He may want to send you to Gitmo for thinking otherwise.

I mean him and others want certain people to stop posting. Guess their ideals would fit better in communist China. No dissension, everyone must think alike, etc.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 9, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"Guess their ideals would fit better in communist China. No dissension, everyone must think alike, etc."

Heck, you don't need to go to China anymore for that, you can have that right here in the good ole socialist USA.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Poopy_McPoop, you were an English major?


Gotta love it. I wonder how many of these thought police I shared a classroom with in Susquehanna Hall.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 9, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

terps got screwed, though I dont think there is any trace of a conspiracy. My only hope is a big win next Saturday.

I really hope Gary puts the players off-limits to the media. What GV might say while getting cabin fever prior to a Cameron visit scares me

Posted by: jpfterps | February 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

at least they can focus on duke and not play uva while looking ahead. 3 games in 6 days. c'mon these are kids. if they can't play a game every other day they should give back their scholarships. and it's not like they are taking 3-4-5 hour bus trips they are flying charters. heck uva was in college park today and they had to turn around and bus back to Charlottesville, ya think that's right?

Posted by: fkterp | February 9, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

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