At first, the biggest worry in terms of playing outdoors was the wind.
The two squads were all set and ready to go for their 7:00pm (EST) tip-off aboard the USS Yorktown off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. The national anthem had already been sung and the starting lineups were announced, seemingly suggesting that everything was ready to go.
Unfortunately, the court conditions would not cooperate.
Dozens of workers were on their hands and knees toweling off the court for nearly 30 minutes. Golden Eagles’ head coach Buzz Williams was one of them, scrubbing the condensation up, but only for it to reappear seconds later.
The two teams continued their delay while attempting to wait to see if the conditions would take a turn for the best. Temperatures remained steady and the court conditions ultimately failed improve.
The referees and coaches discussed their options for nearly one hour after the original expected tip time. That’s when the call was made to cancel the contest.
At this time, there is no such plan or word on what the teams plan to do moving forward. News relating to whether or not the game will be rescheduled should surface soon. Both teams play on Sunday, which does not bode well for the Carrier Classic.
Marquette is looking to replace their top two scorers from a season ago, while Ohio State enters the contest with expectations of returning to the second consecutive Final Four.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse