ATP reported Wednesday that the NCAA Tournament would be cancelled on Thursday evening, ESPN is now confirming our report:
Breaking: The NCAA has announced that the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus and its evolving threat to public health. pic.twitter.com/vRYThsP6yz
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
ORIGINAL POST: 3/11/2020 10:13pm EST:
Just an hour after news broke that the NBA season had been cancelled after the positive diagnosis of Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert, NCAA President Mark Emmert is expected to announce as early as Thursday afternoon that the NCAA Tournament has been cancelled at all levels of play due to the massive outbreak of COVID-19.
The Southeastern Conference just announced the cancellation of the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.
ALERT: Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Southeastern Conference today announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) March 12, 2020
It was released Wednesday evening that fans were not allowed to attend the NCAA Tournament to help decrease the spread of the virus.
— NCAA (@NCAA) March 11, 2020
“After careful consideration and consulting with medical professionals, it’s in the fans and the student athletes best interest to suspend tournament play. The health and safety of our student athletes and fans that support them are the number one priority here.”
Actor Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson also tested positive for Coronavirus in Australia on Wednesday.
We will have more information on this story as it develops.