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North Carolina Governor Wants Fans To Stay Home For NC State vs. Wake Forest

A general view of NC State's basketball court.

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 18: The Duke University Blue Devils challenge the Alabama State University Hornets during the first round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at RBC Center on March 18, 2004 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Duke won 96-61. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

North Carolina got hit with snow this week, and governor Roy Cooper wants fans to avoid heading to PNC Arena for tonight's NC State-Wake Forest tilt.

NC State hosts Wake Forest at 8 p.m. tonight. As of now, the game remains scheduled to be played, despite Roy Cooper's concerns.

This will be the first of a home-and-home between the two ACC foes. The Wolfpack and Demon Deacons will face off in Winston-Salem on February 17.

Both schools could really use a big win. NC State is 12-6 but just 2-3 in conference play, while Wake is 8-9 (1-4).

Per ACC rules, games are to be played as long as both teams and officials can safely make it to the venues. Wake Forest made it to Raleigh last night, in spite of the snow.

The area got hit with between four and seven inches of snow yesterday. As anyone who has been to the South in a snowstorm knows, that is plenty to cripple travel in the region.

The game might be on, but the powers at be don't want fans heading to it. Governor Roy Cooper issued a statement asking fans to stay home.

He doesn't sound like a huge fan of taking in games live, even without the weather factor. From The News & Observer:

“My advice, if they don’t cancel this game, would be to watch it on TV, listen to it on the radio, online,” Cooper said. “That’s the most comfortable place to watch it, anyway.”

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“This is not the day to learn to drive in the snow,” Cooper said at a Thursday morning news conference. “The snow is beautiful, but the roads are treacherous. Do not drive unless you absolutely have to.”

Point taken. It may be tough to skip an ACC game against an in-state rival, but hopefully local Wolfpack and Deacs fans take caution.

NC State is currently a 4.5-point favorite at home, per OddsShark. It will be interesting to see if a small crowd has any impact on the game.

[The News & Observer]