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Sport NCAA cancels men's and women's Division I basketball tournaments amid coronavirus fears

22:30  12 march  2020
22:30  12 march  2020 Source:   ap.org

Major college basketball conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus

  Major college basketball conference tournaments canceled due to coronavirus College basketball tournaments across the country were canceled on Thursday due to the health risks associated with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Cancellations came from the AAC, ACC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Pac-12, SEC, Sun Belt and WAC have all canceled their men’s basketball tournaments due to the coronavirus outbreak. The leagues announced their decisions Thursday morning just before games in many of the tournaments were set to tip off. Many tournaments had already begun, with early-round games being played earlier in the week. For other conferences, Thursday marked the beginning of their respective tournaments.

The NCAA has canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.

In this March 14, 2012, file photo made with a long exposure, a player runs across the NCAA logo at midcourt during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game. © AP Photo/Keith Srakocic In this March 14, 2012, file photo made with a long exposure, a player runs across the NCAA logo at midcourt during practice in Pittsburgh before an NCAA tournament college basketball game.

The decision comes a day after the NCAA announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on, but played in mostly empty arenas.

That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league from the NBA to MLB put the brakes on its season due to concerns about the pandemic.

NCAA explains decision not to build tournament bracket: 'Isn’t fair to the teams'

  NCAA explains decision not to build tournament bracket: 'Isn’t fair to the teams' NCAA executive Dan Gavitt put out a statement explaining why the NCAA ultimately decided not to go through with a tournament selection process.Ultimately, Gavitt said, building a bracket would have required too many assumptions and incomplete results from the conference tournaments that were halted on Thursday to give the process its due legitimacy.

The NCAA canceled all of its spring championships in every sport, which include hockey, baseball and lacrosse.

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