As you probably heard, the Tar Heels encountered some difficulties on their way to Atlanta for tonight's scheduled 7 p.m. tipoff against Georgia Tech. Here's a noon update with some bullet points on what's happening:
1. Per Georgia Tech athletics, the game is currently on as scheduled.
2. With that in mind, the Tar Heels convened at the team hotel for some film review late this morning. The team bus just departed for shootaround at McCamish Pavilion, which is approximately a mile from the team hotel.
3. According to Atlantic Coast Conference policy, the game can be played if both participating teams and the game officials are on hand. Both teams, obviously, are here. The game officials are working to get here. The game can be played with two officials (rather than the usual three) and at least two of the three officials are optimistic they can get here.
4. The game is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2. However, the network's production truck has not made it to Atlanta yet. Hopefully, ESPN2 will be able to get the game on air as scheduled; at minimum, though, it's entirely possible it could be a much more skeleton production than you might be used to.
5. Never fear, however: the Tar Heel Sports Network crew is already in Atlanta and ready to bring you every play, no matter what the television outcome might be.
6. Assuming the game is played, getting out of Atlanta afterwards brings another full set of challenges. Hotels everywhere in the city are fully booked (and overbooked), so a big part of today's job for Carolina basketball administrators is figuring out what to do after the game to get everyone home--or somewhere that approximates home--safely.