Wichita State’s men’s basketball team will play New Mexico State on Feb. 15 at Koch Arena, a game delayed from late December because of travel issues.
WSU interim director of athletics Darron Boatright said the schools have an oral agreement on the date. He expects to complete the contract this week.
The delay comes with a cost for New Mexico State. WSU knocked its guarantee down to $100,000 from $125,000, Boatright said. WSU did spend some money on that game, including around $6,000 for officials who were in town on Dec. 28, when the game was scheduled.
“We paid a higher guarantee for that specific date,” he said. “That’s a tough date to fill.”
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The original contract called for a $50,000 penalty if the game was not played.
The rescheduled game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m. and Boatright expects Cox 22 to show the game as originally scheduled. Tickets for the Dec. 28 game will be accepted.
New Mexico State, located in Las Cruces, was unable to fly out of El Paso, Texas on the day before the game because a heavy snowstorm canceled commercial flights. The team tried to hire a chartered plane and looked at other nearby airports unsuccessfully.
WSU (12-5) is placing the game in between home games against Northern Iowa (Feb. 13) and Missouri State (Feb. 18).
The Aggies (11-8) play at Chicago State on Feb. 13. They play at home on Feb. 18.