Ship Wrecked: Weather Conditions Sink Carrier Classic Game
By Brandon Castel
They gave it everything they had in attempt to get Friday night’s game off the ground, but it turns out playing a basketball game on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean, in the middle of November, was as difficult as it sounds.
It seemed like a great idea, playing a game between Marquette University and No. 4-ranked Ohio State University to honor the troops on a United States aircraft carrier over Veteran's Day weekend.
After the OSU women’s basketball team dropped its first game of the season against Notre Dame in the first half of the Carrier Classic double-header, the headlining game was postponed because of excessive condensation on the court.
Coaches and athletic directors from both schools met at center court to determine if the game should be played as scheduled. The two sides waited nearly an hour, but the moisture on the court could not be dried to a point where either Thad Matta or Buzz Williams felt comfortable putting their players in jeopardy.
“In the best interest of the players, we're not going to play the game,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said during the live broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
“The condensation just keeps coming back.”
Players and coaches signed autographs and took photos with military personnel on the top deck of the USS Yorktown after the game was officially cancelled, but the schools have no plans to schedule a make-up game for a later date.
“I don't know how we could reschedule it within this current calendar,” said Williams, the head coach of the Marquette Golden Eagles.
Initially, there was talk of playing the game on Saturday if they couldn’t find a way to make it work Friday night, but the two schools have officially ruled out that option. Both Ohio State and Marquette are scheduled for their home-openers on Sunday.
The fourth-ranked Buckeyes will play the University of Albany Great Danes in Columbus at 2 p.m. EST, while the Eagles will host Colgate back in Milwaukee at 4:30 p.m. EST.
Earlier in the day, the No. 7 Notre Dame women defeated No. 19 Ohio State 57-51. Senior Tayler Hill led the Buckeyes with 18 points, while center Ashley Adams added 10 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks in the loss.
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