Winter storm to slam Virginia putting VCU, UR and UVA basketball fans in flux

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UPDATE:  Due to the impending winter storm, VCU has rescheduled its men’s game with St. Bonaventure. VCU will now host St. Bonaventure on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. NBC Sports Network will carry the broadcast. Tickets for Saturday’s game will be valid for Sunday. The VCU Ticket Office will open three hours prior to the game to assist with any ticketing needs.

UPDATE: Due to expected weather conditions in Central Virgnia, the Richmond Spiders has postponed its game against Davidson, originally scheduled for Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Robins Center, to Monday at 7 p.m. at the Robins Center. 

UPDATE: Due to expected weather conditions in Charlottesville, the Syracuse at Virginia game, originally scheduled for Saturday, January 23 at noon, has been moved to Sunday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. The game will be televised on ESPN2. In addition, the Virginia at Wake Forest game, originally scheduled for Monday, January 25 at 9:00 pm, has been moved to Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 pm. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

No decision has been announced about Saturday’s VCU basketball game.

RICHMOND, Va. — The impending snowstorm has more than just the meteorologists scanning forecasts and weather maps. VCU, Richmond and UVa. are all scheduled to host basketball games at varying times Saturday, and there are several factors that go into whether or not those games will tip on time or need to be postponed.

VCU is scheduled to tip off with St. Bonaventure at 2:30 at the Siegel Center. The Virginia Cavaliers were scheduled to host Syracuse at noon in Charlottesville. That games has already been moved to Sunday night.

All three games are televised, which adds another variable to the equation.

Virginia Tech is scheduled to host North Carolina in Blacksburg Sunday night.

As of Thursday morning, the Spiders were monitoring conditions and staying in touch with Davidson and their travel arrangements. The Wildcats have the option of busing from suburban Charlotte if flights are not viable.

That’s not the case for VCU’s or UVA’s opponents who will be coming from upstate New York.

Both St. Bonaventure and Syracuse were scheduled to fly into Virginia on Friday morning ahead of the worst of the weather.

The unwritten industry rule for such games has usually stated if both teams and the officials can get to the arena, the game will be played, even if fans cannot or are warned against attending. Additionally, if a TV production crew can make it into town and set up, the TV networks broadcasting the game have a vested interest in seeing it played at it’s scheduled time.

Stay with CBS 6 on air and on line. We will update this story as conditions change.