COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team's game scheduled for today at South Carolina has been postponed.
The team's plane was not able to take off at its scheduled departure time Friday afternoon as the area was blanketed in snow. According to KOMU, American Airlines flight 5766 from Denver slid off the runway at Columbia Regional Airport because of ice just after 2 p.m.
Columbia Regional shut down the runway as a precaution, which cancelled four total flights, two flights from Chicago and one each from Denver and Dallas, according to its website. Flight 5766, scheduled to continue to Dallas-Fort Worth, was cancelled, and a United flight, as well as the Tigers' chartered plane to Columbia, S.C., were both delayed as early Friday evening.
In a statement, the Missouri athletic department said, "Due to weather related travel issues, tomorrow's contest scheduled for 12 p.m. CT is postponed. Both Mizzou and South Carolina are in communication with the SEC on rescheduling and updates will be released when available."
Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, the Missouri athletic department announced the game has been tentatively rescheduled for noon Sunday, "pending the weather permitting Missouri's travel to Columbia, S.C., (today)."
A final determination regarding the game will be announced this afternoon.
The Missouri women's basketball team is scheduled to play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Florida, and had planned to fly out early Sunday morning in order to avoid the 8-to-12 inches of snowfall forecast for the area through today.