Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., the closest airport to UMass, was closed at 1:30 p.m. Friday, making it problematic for the officials to get to the game unless they came in early.
As of 4 p.m., the game was still on, but UMass officials advised spectators to use extreme caution and offered a ticket exchange if they weren't able to attend. For those able to make it, a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate would be awaiting their arrival.
The other five games involving City Six teams this weekend - four of them in the Philadelphia area where about four inches of snow was forecast - were expected to go on as scheduled.
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Temple (15-7, 4-4 Atlantic Ten) at Dayton (13-9, 3-5), 11 a.m. ESPNU: The Owls finish up "Philadelphia week" at the UD Arena, where the Flyers knocked off St. Joseph's, 60-54, on Wednesday.
That same night, the Owls barely survived a shootout against Charlotte, winning, 89-88, in a performance that had coach Fran Dunphy looking for the Excedrin.
"Our defense really needs a lot of work," Dunphy said. "We did just enough to get by. We're not playing great basketball. We've got to find a way to get our defense more solid."
Owls senior Khalif Wyatt is the conference's leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, but that figure is 24.9 points in his last eight contests.
St. Joseph's (13-8, 4-4 Atlantic Ten) at Massachusetts (15-6, 5-3), 2 p.m., ESPN2: If they wind up playing basketball at the Mullins Center, the Hawks will be in pretty much of a must-win situation if they have any plan to contend for a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
The top four teams receive byes. The Minutemen are part of a five-way tie for fourth. So a win would be advantageous for the Hawks if the standings remain tight.
St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said his players lacked sufficient "basketball IQ" to win at Dayton, and that will have to improve. Senior guard Carl Jones moved into ninth place on the Hawks' career scoring list with 1,687 points against the Flyers.
Fordham (6-16, 2-5) at La Salle (15-6, 5-3), 2 p.m., no TV (WNTP-AM 990): The Explorers haven't played since last Saturday when they won at George Washington and climbed into the scrum for fourth, but they can't afford a letdown against a Rams team that is 0-11 on the road.
Coach John Giannini said that while he appreciated the week off to allow his players to recover from nagging injuries, he was concerned about getting them sharp again for the second half of the conference season.
South Florida (10-12, 1-7 Big East) at Villanova (14-9, 5-5), 3 p.m., ESPNU: The Wildcats are closing a stretch of three games against teams in the bottom third of the Big East.
After a crushing home loss to Providence, the Wildcats rebounded Tuesday night with a 94-71 win at DePaul, using a hot-shooting, 54-point second half to get back some confidence.
'Nova defeated the Bulls, 61-53, on Jan. 9 in Tampa.
Brown (8-10, 2-2 Ivy League) at Penn (4-16, 1-2), 7 p.m., no TV (WFIL-AM 560): The Quakers, who met Yale Friday night, split their opening Ivy weekend against Columbia (win) and Cornell (loss). They swept the Bears last season, but to get off on the right foot this year they must defend the perimeter against a team averaging 8.5 three-point field goals.
James Madison (14-11, 8-4 CAA) at Drexel (9-14, 5-6), Sunday at 7 p.m., CSN. The Dragons are in the second game of a four-game homestand, and that's not good. They dropped to 1-4 in conference games at the DAC with a stunning 78-66 loss to Old Dominion, only the Monarchs' third win of the season.
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