NCAA Conference Tournaments Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Fears


Several prominent NCAA athletic conferences announced the cancellation of their league basketball tournaments amid growing fears over the coronavirus pandemic.

The AAC, SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12, WAC, Conference-USA and Big East all said they were calling off the tournaments early on Thursday, a day after the NCAA said the men's and women's national tournaments would be held as scheduled without fans in attendance. The Big East was reportedly undecided on the fate of its tournament, which tipped off early Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, before it was cancelled.

On Wednesday night, the NBA took the unprecedented step of suspending its season indefinitely after the Jazz-Thunder game in Oklahoma City was postponed due to Utah players reportedly feeling unwell prior to tip-off. Utah's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have since tested positive for coronavirus.

The Big Ten Tournament got underway Wednesday night, with Minnesota beating Northwestern and Indiana defeating Nebraska. Cornhuskers coach Fred Hoiberg exited early from his team's game after falling ill on the bench, but he later tested negative for coronavirus at an Indianapolis hospital. The surreal episode seemed to magnify the anxieties associated with the spread of the pandemic amid a surge in confirmed cases in the US.