Snowstorm strands Cyclones in Windy City

Iowa State’s men’s basketball team is stuck in the downtown Marriott hotel in Chicago today, thanks to a huge winter storm that’s making travel difficult in the city and in much of the Midwest.

Five to 10 inches of snow is set to fall in the Chicago area tonight and into Friday.

The Cyclones, hammered by fifth-ranked Duke, 86-65, Wednesday night at the United Center, are scheduled to play North Dakota State at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in their non-conference finale.

The team’s bus won’t be starting up till tomorrow, at the earliest, which could put the NDSU game in peril.

“Our hope is that this lets up and we can get out of here sometime tomorrow,” Coach Greg McDermott said Thursday during the Big 12 coaches’ conference call. “Our plan will be that whenever this weather breaks to get on the road and at least get back. I’m not sure what the weather is like back in Iowa but it’s not great here in Chicago.”

Ames was hit with about six inches of snow Wednesday.

Forecasters in Chicago predict the heaviest snow will come tonight and tomorrow morning, which is when the winds will pick up and make travel even more difficult.

Players were left to occupy themselves in their hotel rooms.

Point guard Diante Garrett posted on his Twitter account that he was watching TV and watching teammate Lucca Staiger do sit-ups. McDermott said the team is will not be able to practice today.

“We’ll get the guys out of the hotel and maybe go across the street to a movie or something and then tonight we’ll watch some film both of last night and of North Dakota State,” McDermott said. “Hopefully at some point in time tomorrow we get back on the practice floor.”

Duke’s team flew out late Wednesday night after the game and apparently reached home safely.


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