Area teams scramble to reschedule games postponed because of snowstorm

The deluge of snow produced by the snowstorm last weekend has sent area college basketball teams scrambling to find open dates to reschedule games.

Coppin State had home games at the Physical Education Complex against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rivals North Carolina A&T on Saturday and North Carolina Central on Monday postponed by the storm. The Eagles (4-14, 2-3) will host the Aggies (5-15, 2-4) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Central (7-13, 2-4) on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

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Coppin State coach Michael Grant said the university acted Thursday night to postpone the contest against A&T and made a similar decision Saturday night to reschedule the game against Central.

"We didn't want to put any other team in danger in terms of travel," Grant said Monday afternoon. "We did not entertain [playing the games] at all."

Moving the contest against the Aggies to Wednesday means that the Eagles will not have played in nine days since defeating Florida A&M, 78-66, on Jan. 18. But Grant said he is not worried about the players getting rusty from the extended layoff.

"I think our chemistry is really good right now," he said. "The practices we've had the last several days have been good. We had a couple guys with some nagging injuries, and they've healed up. But it's the whole league that has been affected by this storm. It's no advantage for the league except for the teams in Florida. Right now, we're all in the same boat."

Loyola Maryland, which was forced to postpone Sunday's Patriot League game against Colgate at Reitz Arena, has moved the game to Monday at 6 p.m. It will be played between the team's home meeting with Lafayette on Saturday at 7 p.m. and a game at Lehigh on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., meaning the Greyhounds (4-14, 3-4) will play three opponents in five days.

"You have to do the best with what the weather deals you," Loyola coach G.G. Smith said through an athletics department spokesman. "We looked for every possible option, but playing on Feb. 1 was the best of what we had available at the time."

Navy, also of the Patriot League, will undergo a similar test. Saturday's highly anticipated matchup with Army West Point at Madison Square Garden in New York — which was postponed after the city declared a state of emergency — has been shifted to Monday at 7 p.m. at Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y.

The Midshipmen (15-5, 6-1) will play at Holy Cross on Saturday at 1 p.m., then meet the Black Knights on Monday before returning home to play Boston University on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

On the women's side, No. 5 Maryland (17-2, 6-1) had moved Saturday's home game against No. 18 Michigan State (14-4, 5-2) to Monday before the contest was called off again. A Terps spokeswoman said the school is working with the Big Ten to reschedule the game.

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