Due to anticipated traffic stemming from President Barack Obama’s visit to the area, the start time for the Maryland men’s basketball team’s Monday night game at Virginia has been changed from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Cavaliers announced. The game, once slated for ESPN, will now be broadcast on ESPNU.
Obama will be touring Monticello, the former estate of Thomas Jefferson, with French President Francois Hollande. According to a news release, fans should prepare for traffic delays around Charlottesville between 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Gates for John Paul Jones Arena will open at 7:30 p.m.
This development bumps Maryland-Virginia off the “Big Monday” television slot for ESPN, which will be filled by Miami-Florida State, an original 9 p.m. tipoff which was moved up to 7 p.m.
Maryland (13-10, 5-5 ACC) hosts the Seminoles on Saturday afternoon at Comcast Center while the Cavaliers (18-5, 9-1 ACC), ranked 20th in the latest AP poll, are at Georgia Tech for a 12 p.m. start.