With reports that Winter Storm Nemo will drop up to 24 inches of snow in the Boston and Providence regions of New England, how much will it affect games this weekend?
As of now, there have been no games canceled. The Atlantic 10 has two games that may be impacted this weekend.
The defending A-10 champion, St. Bonaventure Bonnies travel to Kingston, Ri. to face the Rhode Island Rams. Both teams are on the bottom of the A-10 standings, so there will not be much impact felt on this game.
However, when the St. Joseph’s Hawks face the Massachusetts Minutemen in Amherst, Ma. there could be some impact. The Minutemen are 5th in the conference and have won three of their last four games. The last thing that the Minutemen needs is a cancellation or playing in front of zero fans. Anyone who has seen any college basketball this season knows that on any given night, any program can beat anyone. See the TCU Horned Frogs upset over the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks if you think this is an overstatement.
Maybe even a bigger matchup could be in the Northeast Conference when the top team in the conference, Byrant University Bulldogs hosts Sacred Heart University Pioneers.
Bryant is located in Smithfield, Ri, near Providence, and the weather could mean that either Sacred Heart (Farifield, Ct.) has to leave earlier or again Bryant may not play in front of any fans. It would be unfortunate for any team to be at a disadvantage because of extended travel plans or loss of a home crowd. However, with the forecast one of these scenarios is bound to happen.
The question is which teams can overcome yet another hurdle in the grind that is known as the college basketball season.
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