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2020 NCAA Tournament and all conference tournaments are cancelled

Several conferences have decided not to go forward with their 2020 basketball tournaments.

Houston Cougars guard Nate Hinton shoots the ball as Cincinnati Bearcats guard Jarron Cumberland defends during the second half at Fertitta Center.  Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: The NCAA has cancelled the championships for all winter and spring sports, including the NCAA tournament for both men and women.

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.: In the middle of a game between Creighton and St. John’s, the Big East decided to end their competition and cancel the tournament at Madison Square Garden.

NCAA basketball conference tournaments are starting to be cancelled as concerns grow over the COVID-19 outbreak. The American Athletic Conference, Big Ten, and SEC have all cancelled their postseason tournaments before tip-off on Thursday. The AAC was the first to reportedly cancel shortly before South Florida and Central Florida tipped at 1:00 p.m.

That was quickly followed by the B1G making the move to suspend their event that had started in Indianapolis last night.

And then the SEC.

And now the Big 12 has as well.

Add in the Western Athletic Conference.

And now the Pac-12 has cancelled as well.

The ACC has also decided not to go forward.

The Sun Belt has cancelled their tournament.

The Big Sky is now done as well.

The Big West is down as well:

The America East Conference cancelled their title game here.

The SWAC has pulled the plug as well:

We’ll keep you abreast of any changes here or if any additional reasoning is given besides the obvious, but for now, these recent decisions are in-line with what we’re seeing across sports. MLS suspended its season this morning, the NHL is believed they’re going to as well, and soccer leagues across Europe have been either playing in front of empty seats or not at all.