The men's and women's NCAA basketball tournament have been officially canceled.
March Madness is now March Sadness for college basketball fans. The NCAA announced that the spring tournament for men’s and women’s basketball is officially canceled as the threat of a quickly spreading coronavirus is rising across North America.
The NCAA was one of the last governing bodies in sports to make a decision like this today, with the NHL, MLS and MLB all postponing their seasons today. Earlier in the week, the NCAA said that they’d still hold the tournament, but without allowing anyone to attend the games.
Duke University and the University of Kansas got the ball rolling by stating they would not play in the tournament if one was held, and the association wasn’t far behind them in announcing the cancelation of the event.
“During this unpredictable time, Duke Athletics fully supports all measures to protect the health and welfare of the Duke family and beyond,” the Duke representative said in a statement. “While we understand this may be daunting to many, please know that this decision is entirely in the best interest of all student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”
All other winter and spring NCAA championships have also been canceled.