NCAA Tournament Canceled Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

By Dan Hope on March 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm
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The NCAA Tournament has officially been canceled.

After a multitude of conferences, including the Big Ten, canceled their own tournaments on Thursday, the NCAA followed suit, officially canceling March Madness due to the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the suspension of sporting events throughout the nation.

With the NCAA Tournament's cancellation, Ohio State's 2019-20 season is now over. The men's basketball Buckeyes finish the year with a 21-10 record.

The NCAA's decision applies to all championship events for the remainder of the year, so the women's basketball season is also over. Those Buckeyes, who made a run to the final of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament held last week, finish the year with a 21-12 record. Other sports affected include wrestling, in which Ohio State was set to send eight wrestlers to the NCAA Championships, and track and field, where Ohio State had five national qualifiers on the women's side and six on the men's side.

The Big Ten also announced Thursday that it has canceled all sports competitions for the remainder of the year – which means spring sports will not be held at all – and announced a moratorium on on-campus and off-campus recruiting activities "for the foreseeable future."

Thursday's announcement means this will be the first year since 1939, when the inaugural NCAA men's basketball tournament was held, that the NCAA Tournament will not take place.

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