Slick Court Dooms Carrier Classic

By Chris Lauderback on November 9, 2012 at 8:11p

Tonight's season opener against Marquette had to be cancelled due to a continuous build-up of condensation on the deck of the USS Yorktown. 

After delaying the start for nearly an hour, Thad Matta, Buzz Williams, the athletic directors and Carrier Classic officials correctly determined the court simply wasn't safe enough to play a game. 

A postponement to tomorrow was considered impossible with both Ohio State and Marquette already scheduled for Sunday home games. 

Kyle will have more on this story following the respective pressers. 

With tonight's cancellation, the Buckeyes will officially tip off the 2012-13 season against Albany this Sunday at 2pm in the Schott. 

...No word on if Ohio State will accept an invite to play in next year's Tornado Alley Classic. 


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osubuckeye4life's picture

This is for the so called "planning" crew:

LouGroza's picture

Or the 2013 Nor'easter Invitational.

johnblairgobucks's picture

need an extra large can, please.

William's picture

What a joke. It's nearly mid November and no one thought there would be condensation on an aircraft carrier? Feel for the servicemen, players and fans that dropped $500 a seat. 

autohustle's picture

I'd rather lose. absolute joke.

VHX7's picture

The sad part is that even though 1 of these games has been cancelled and another delayed, there will be even more of them next season. The MSU-UNC game last year was actually interesting and special to watch, and they managed to degrade it into being a total gimmick in only 1 year. Great work!

Geraffi's picture

Brings a lot of attention to a sport that doesn't typically get notice until AFTER football season, if not March. Agree though. Just identifying root cause. 

VHX7's picture

Definitely. I wasn't disagreeing with the motives or the support for the military that it brings. I just meant the whole "playing a game on a boat" thing is already stupid. You can support the military without doing that. Also, if you are going to do it, just do one game. It makes the event bigger and more special. Doing 3+ "boat games" kind of ruins the point of it.

buckeyefanatic's picture


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Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

Geraffi's picture

This is turrible. Right call though. Agree with William, sucks for the service men and women. Players too. 

kr66osu's picture

The only worse way to have started this season would be having someone tear an ACL by playing today.
This was really embarrassing to watch. Right when they started wiping the floor at the beginning I could tell it was going to turn into a complete mess even if they continued to play.

Squirrel Master's picture

Sorry to say this but I switched over to the Kentucky game. You should see this Noel kid rise up for a block. I swear he went 13 feet!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

So no Buckeye basketball or football? The next 24hrs will suck.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

KE's picture

I was at the 1973 (I think) season opener for the Cavaliers. It was a foggy day and the game was cancelled because, with the floor over the ice, there was too much condensation to play. A cancellation is not unpredecented.

stanton6's picture

Why not just go to nearest playground, get stuff organized and play on rims that don't have any nets???  Come on Man??


D. Anthony's picture

What? Water on the deck of a ship? 

D. Anthony

SC Buckeye's picture

Though I was extremely disappointed with the outcome, they definitely made the correct call on this one.  From where my seat was, lucky enough to sit directly behind the national feed play-by-play announcers, you could see where they had run the mops and where they had not.  For the past week, the air has been pretty moist and the temperature has dropped pretty quickly after sundown.  This wasn't a surprise to me.
What did surprise me was that when the entire Marquette team, including coaches, were wiping the side of the court in front of their bench most of the Buckeyes remained in their seats.  It wasn't until after Aaron Craft and Evan Ravenel grabbed towels, did the rest of the team get up and help out.  It kind of embarassed me for awhile, especially to hear the comments from Marquette fans that were near me and I didn't have any room to defend the Buckeyes.

yrro's picture

I was kind I hoping they'd do a half court scrimmage just to give the servicemen something to watch. I bet there's an NCAA rule against that, though. 

johnblairgobucks's picture

yeah, a game of H.O.R.S.E or P.I.G...... heck what about U.S.A? would have been fun to watch.

RedStorm45's picture

Someone said it rained 2 days prior, and the court wasn't covered...