NCAA basketball tournaments cancelled

K-State fans cheer on their men’s basketball team during the Sunflower Showdown against Kansas in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 29, 2020. The Jayhawks narrowly beat the Wildcats 62-58. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors decided to cancel Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments on Thursday afternoon as concerns mount about the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the cancellation of the basketball tournaments, all remaining NCAA championships scheduled through the winter and spring will be cancelled.

The NCAA statement released on the matter cited “the impracticality of hosting such events” during the outbreak, especially as universities continue to announce temporary in-person course suspensions.

Previously, several college conferences, including the Big 12 Conference, announced they would cease their men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.

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