A severe weather system had created tornadoes, snow and heavy rains across the Midwest.
Arizona's plane was scheduled to land at the University of Illinois' Willard Airport on Friday evening but instead had to land at Indianapolis International Airport because of the weather. Rather than wait for buses to arrive, players and coaches took two-hour trips in Ubers instead.
According to the company's site, the current cost of an Uber from Indianapolis International Airport to Champaign is $127. That number might have been much higher Friday evening.
No. 11 Arizona (8-0) is undefeated in former Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd's first year as coach. Illinois' 87-83 win at Iowa on Monday extended its winning streak to five games.
"Everyone is OK," Arizona spokesperson Nathan Wiechers said. "No issues at all. The weather in Champaign forced the diversion."
The severe weather has created devastation across the Midwest.
Just two hours south of Champaign, an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, collapsed, causing multiple fatalities. On Saturday morning, rescuers were on site at a Mayfield, Kentucky, candle factory that collapsed after it was hit by a tornado. According to CNN, more than 110 people were in the building when it collapsed, and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said at least 50 people in that building were killed.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tweeted his condolences.
We are devastated this morning seeing the images of what has happened in Western Kentucky and across our state. We cannot imagine what you are going through. We stopped by the Grotto on the way to shootaround to pray for everyone affected by last night. You are in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/qmT8LrEvgl— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) December 11, 2021
Other fatalities tied to the severe weather were reported in Arkansas and Tennessee.