Citing fear for player safety, Friday night's contest between the No. 10 Florida Gators and Georgetown Hoyas has been called due to condensation on the USS Bataan floor, according to CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello:
Florida vs. Georgetown will not continue. Game has been called.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 10, 2012
The teams had sluggishly played their way through the first half, with Florida leading the game 27-23. However, the game had to be stopped multiple times so that the crew could wipe up condensation forming on the floor.
When the teams attempted to return for the second half, Florida coach Billy Donovan and Georgetown coach John Thompson III convened and decided that it was in the best interest of the players to call the game altogether.
This comes on the heels of the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and Marquette Golden Eagles game aboard the USS Yorktown getting axed earlier Friday night. Scheduled as part of a series of games on aircraft carriers, these contests were inspired by the inaugural Carrier Classic in 2011.
On paper, having games aboard the carriers is a fantastic way for the college basketball community to honor troops. However, these two cancellations show there is an inherent danger involved in these outdoor games that cannot be ignored. Even though these games have the best intentions in the world, player safety must always come first and foremost.
If this is a tradition that is going to continue, the organizers have to do a better job of preparation or the must schedule the games during the daylight when condensation is not as heavy.
Either way, this is a disappointing end to what should have been a special night for college basketball.
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