On Friday night the NCAA had to cancel two premier college basketball match ups which were scheduled to be held on two U.S. aircraft carriers due to unstable court conditions.
The Navy-Marine Corps Classic between the #10 Florida Gators and the Georgetown Hoyas which was played on board the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla. had to be stopped during halftime due to the court becoming wet with condensation at halftime with the Gators leading 27-23. According to the NCAA, the game will not count against either teams’ record and there are no plans to make it up either.
That game got twenty minutes of basketball time further than the proposed contest between the #4 Ohio State Buckeyes and the Marquette Golden Eagles which was scheduled to take place on board the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, SC. That game never began and was also cancelled due to wet court conditions even though the start of the game was first delayed for a half of an hour in anticipation of the conditions to become suitable for play. This game too seems unlikely to be rescheduled by the two universities or NCAA.
There was a third game which was to take place on Friday on board a US aircraft carrier between the #9 Syracuse Orange and #20 San Diego State Aztecs however it was rescheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon due to a strong chance of rain and wind. This game will take place at 4:00pm (EST) on board the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif.
In theory games on board these U.S. Armed Forces ships are terrific however if the NCAA can’t figure out a way to have these games take place minus the weather set backs then it may be in the universities best interest to no longer schedule these events.