CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The rivalry matchup between No. 14 North Carolina and N.C. State set for Saturday night has been postponed until Sunday at 1 p.m. due to the likelihood of dangerous and worsening road conditions, the school announced Saturday afternoon.
“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 Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said in a school release. “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.”
Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for all 100 North Carolina counties on Friday.
Tickets for Saturday's 8 p.m. tip will be honored on Sunday. ESPN will televise the game.