By BEN JOHNSON
Press Sports Editor
Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma will have to wait a couple of extra days to renew their rivalry on the hardwood.
The first installment of the two archrivals, originally scheduled for Wednesday night at Hamilton Fieldhouse in Edmond, was postponed because of extremely poor travel conditions due to heavy amounts of snowfall throughout the state.
The two schools were set to play a home-and-home series — one of many sets of games as a part of Rivalry Week in the Lone Star Conference — this week, but those plans have been altered. Instead, the first matchup between NSU and UCO will be Saturday at Jack Dobbins Field House. The two will now play in Edmond on Feb. 14 with the women’s game at 6 p.m. and the men to follow at 8.
As for right now, both NSU teams are practicing and preparing for Saturday’s game, because according to NSU men’s coach Larry Gipson, there’s not much else to do.
“We might as well practice,” said Gipson, whose team hasn’t played since Jan. 26 in a loss at East Central. “Because all the guys are here on campus, and they can all get here.”
Despite his team being forced to sit out for nearly a week and a half, Gipson said he’s not concerned about possible rust.
“There’s no sense in worrying about it,” said Gipson, whose team is 8-11 overall and 3-2 in the Lone Star Conference North Division, “since we can’t do anything about it.”
When the RiverHawks finally do get to play, they’ll take on a Central Oklahoma team that’s 19-2, 5-0 in the LSC North and ranked ninth in the nation.
“They are a very formidable opponent,” Gipson said. “They are possibly the best in the league, but we’re just worrying about us.”
Asked if it made a difference on playing UCO on the road or at home first, NSU women’s coach Randy Gipson, whose team trails UCO by a game in the standings, said it doesn’t make much difference.
“I don’t think it really matters,” he said. “Conventional wisdom says that you would like to play them on the road first, and then play them at home. But it’s worked against us in the past.”