Remainder of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Cancelled in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

By RLR Staff on March 12, 2020 at 11:56 am
Nov 23, 2016; University Park, PA, USA; General view of the Big Ten logo at the Bryce Jordan Center prior to the game between the Colgate Raiders and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State defeated Colgate 72-59. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Less than 24 hours after stating its men's basketball tournament would go ahead as planned but without fans present, the Big Ten has cancelled the remainder of the games in Indianapolis as the Coronoavirus pandemic continues to spread. The announcement came just minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were to face off in the first game of the day.

On Wednesday evening, the NCAA announced it would continue with plans to play its upcoming championships, including basketball, hockey, and wrestling, without fans. The conference followed suit after an original statement that things would proceed without any changes.

Penn State was scheduled to play in Thursday's final game, its first of the tournament, against Indiana. The Hoosiers knocked off Nebraska on Wednesday evening, with fans in attendance. 

The Nittany Lions are now left to wait for a decision on the NCAA Tournament. As of now, the plan remains for the tournament to take place without fans. However, both the NBA and MLS have announced suspensions of their respective seasons, while the NHL is said to be close to a similar decision. 

As of now, the tournament field will be unveiled on Sunday evening, with the "First Four" games taking place in Dayton starting on Tuesday, March 17. The Lions would play their first game next Thursday or Friday.

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