Northeastern A&M’s Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference games with Seminole State College have been moved up to tonight because of an ominous weather forecast.
A winter storm warning has been issued for most of northern Oklahoma from Tbursday morning to Friday morning, with snow accumulations between 6 and 12 inches.
That will be preceded by rain, freezing rain and finally the snow.
The women’s game will tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the men at about 8 p.m.
“Seminole couldn’t play on Saturday, so we would have to look at playing it on Sunday,” Northeastern A&M men’s basketball coach and interim director of athletics Dustin Grover said this morning. “Then you are presented with the problem of playing back-to-back games and traveling the next day. Crowds on a Sunday afternoon aren’t ideal.
“This way, we can keep our student population involved here on a Wednesday night.”
The Golden Norsemen (13-8 overall and 5-4 in the conference) are coming off an 83-79 loss at Redlands College Monday night in El Reno — their second straight loss.
Seminole also is 5-4 in the conference and 11-8 overall.
The Trojans had lost three of their first four games back since the holiday break, but slipped by Carl Albert 60-58 on Monday.
The Lady Norse (13-6 and 8-2) are working on a seven-game winning streak after Monday’s 50-40 win at Redlands.
They’ve won nine of their last 10 games.
Seminole’s women stand 9-10 overall and 5-4 in the OCAC. They beat Carl Albert 75-67 Monday night in Seminole.
Grover said officials at Seminole State were in favor of moving the games up.
“The last thing we want to do is postpone it too far back because you never know if we will get another snow-out,” Grover said.
The weather could have an effect on Friday night’s high school basketball schedule.
Miami, which already has had to reschedule two games from the storm earlier this month, is scheduled to host Coffeyville, Kan., Friday night for homecoming.
IF MHS can get the games in, an assembly to introduce candidates will be held at 10:52 a.m. Friday, then the winners will be announced in a ceremony between games.
The boys’ game will be played first, followed by the girls.
Athletic director Rick Woods said if the games are cancelled due to the weather, homecoming would be pushed back to Feb. 5, when Miami hosts Wagoner.
Other games on the schedule for Friday include Grove at Wyandotte, Afton at Oaks and Welch at Quapaw.
The MHS wrestling team also is scheduled to compete in a tournament at Pryor.