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VCU vs. Oregon in NCAA Tournament first round canceled due to COVID-19

The Rams have multiple positive tests, and will be sent from the bubble. Oregon will move onto the second round to face Iowa or Grand Canyon University.

VCU Rams forward Jamir Watkins celebrates with Rams guard Nah’Shon Hyland and Rams guard Adrian Baldwin Jr. in the second half in a semifinal of the Atlantic 10 conference tournament at Stuart C. Siegel Center. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The game between the No. 10 VCU Rams and No. 7 Oregon Ducks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament has been canceled due to COVID-19 positive tests within the VCU program.

The program has issued a statement saying there have been multiple positive tests:

There also might be a tie with an official that worked some games around teams that had COVID-19 issues:

And it appears it wasn’t the team or the NCAA that chose to cancel the game, but Marion County (Indianapolis) health officials. The game was to be played at Indiana Farmers Coliseum at 9:57 p.m., and the Ducks were a six-point favorite.

This is a devastating blow to a team that had to get to the Atlantic-10 Final just to have a chance to play in this championship, where they fell 74-65 to St. Bonaventure in Dayton. The Rams were one of the best defensive teams in the country, and ranked third nationally in steal percentage.

In the West Regional game, No. 2 Iowa leads No. 15 Grand Canyon 42-31 at halftime.