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Cecil Hurt
The Tuscaloosa News

The Alabama basketball team was unable to take a charter flight from Tuscaloosa to College Station, Texas, on Tuesday night, and the status of the game against Texas A&M scheduled for Thursday afternoon will be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

The game already had been moved from Wednesday night to Thursday at 2 p.m. as conditions caused by a powerful winter storm, particularly in hard-hit Texas, have led to travel difficulties and power outages. 

Officials at Alabama, Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference office are expected to make a final decision Wednesday morning that could include cancellation or a lengthy postponement.

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On his Tuesday Zoom call with media members, coach Nate Oats said Alabama was trying to play the game but also expressed a degree of uncertainty.

“The plan is to get there sometime (Tuesday) before the weather gets really bad,” Oats said. “But we’re having some issues with the plane and the flight crew, getting a full crew here. So we’ll keep our fingers crossed, hopefully get down to College Station tonight and then we’ll have a full day down there and then play that afternoon game Thursday and then get back. That’s the plan right now.”

The inability to travel on Tuesday, however, made different plans inevitable.

Alabama’s next scheduled contest would be a home game against Vanderbilt on Saturday at noon CT.

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