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The Battle of the Midway is postponed

Steve Fisher, Jim Boeheim

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, left, and San Diego State coach Steve Fisher pose for photographers after a news conference about a basketball game on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in San Diego. The two NCAA college basketball teams plan to play each other on the flight deck on Nov. 9. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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For the first time in, well, ever, we have a college basketball game that is rained out.

No. 9 Syracuse was scheduled to take on No. 20 San Diego State in the Battle of the Midway on Friday evening, but with forecasts showing a 75% chance of rain, organizers were forced to make a decision: play the game indoors or postpone it.

They chose the latter. The new tip-off time is 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. And yes, it will be played on the USS Midway.

“We remain committed to this once-in-a-lifetime experience for our student-athletes and our fans,” Syracuse athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross said in a statement. “We are very sorry for the inconvenience this change may have caused our fans. The weather predictions have forced the postponement.”

SDSU also had to push a game scheduled for Sunday back to that Tuesday.

The only people I really feel bad for here are any Syracuse fans that made the decision to fly in for the game. Rescheduling flights and rebooking hotel rooms are not only a pain in the hindquarters, but they can cost a pretty penny as well.

The Battle of the Midway is one of four games being played in military locales this weekend. Michigan State and UConn are playing on a base in Germany, Florida plays Georgetown on a aircraft carrier in Jacksonville, and Ohio State will be taking on Marquette on a boat in Charleston.