UPDATE (4:20 p.m.): The NCAA has announced that all winter NCAA Tournaments have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. A historic last 24 hours to say the least in sports.
The cancellations mean that the Penn State men’s basketball team will not make its first tournament appearance under Pat Chambers and that, unfortunately, Lamar Stevens falls seven points shy of the program record.
It also means that both Penn State hockey and wrestling will not be able to compete for an NCAA title. The hockey team was expected to host a regional in Allentown, while the wrestling team had the second-best odds entering the tournament in Minneapolis.
In an unsurprising, but correct move, the Big Ten announced on Thursday morning that the conference tournament has been cancelled.
The announcement was made just minutes before tip off between the Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Penn State was scheduled to play their first game of the tournament on Thursday evening at 8:55 p.m. against Indiana.
The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately.https://t.co/MeQMNScXKQ— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) March 12, 2020
At the time of this posting, both the AAC, ACC, Big 12, Pac 12 and SEC have also cancelled their tournaments. It is fully expected that the rest of the conference tournaments will be cancelled in the upcoming hours.
The fate of the NCAA Tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday is still up in the air, but it certainly seems that a postponement or even cancellation of the tournament seems likely at this point. We’ll be sure to update you as more news comes available.
Please stay safe everybody!