Coronavirus: Tracking conference tournament, March Madness scheduling changes

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The potential spreading of coronavirus (COVID-19) has now impacted March’s college basketball calendar.

Below is a stream of the latest updates to conference tournaments and March Madness scheduling due to coronavirus.

UPDATES

Tuesday, March 10

The Ivy League has announced it will cancel its conference tournament entirely, awarding the conference’s automatic bid to Yale.

The NCAA has announced that it “will make decisions in the coming days” in regards to NCAA championship events.

The Big West has announced that its tournament will proceed without spectators.

The MAC has announced that its tournament will proceed without spectators.

Wednesday, March 11

The CBI has been canceled.

NCAA Tournament games in Ohio will be held without spectators.

The NCAA has announced fans will not be in attendance for March Madness games.

NCAA Tournament games will continue to be televised.

The Final Four could potentially be moved out of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The NIT will also proceed without fans in attendance.

CBS Sports and Turner plan to cover the tournament in full.

The Big Ten will not have spectators at its tournament.

The Big 12 will also proceed its tournament without spectators.

The ACC tournament will proceed without spectators.

The NABC convention at the Final Four has been canceled.

The women’s WAC quarterfinal game between Grand Canyon and CSU Bakersfield has been postponed.

Thursday, March 12

Several conferences have canceled their tournaments.

The Big East tournament is continuing for now.

The Pac-12 tournament and ACC tournament have also been canceled.

The Big East has canceled its tournament. St. John’s and Creighton had just finished the first half.

Kansas and Duke have suspended their athletics indefinitely.

The selection committee is continuing its work as if the NCAA Tournament will happen.

March Madness is officially canceled for 2020.

This story will continue to be updated.


Eli Boettger is a college basketball writer and founder of HeatCheckCBB.com. He has previously worked for Sporting News, DAZN and USA TODAY SMG.

Boettger’s content has been featured by Bleacher Report, NBC Sports, FiveThirtyEight, Yahoo Sports, Athletic Director University, Washington Post, Illinois Law Review and Notre Dame Law Review, among other publications. Boettger is also a current USBWA member.