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March Madness canceled by coronavirus

The news comes after the NCAA conference tournaments were sidelined.
Credit: AP
Arkansas forward Reggie Chaney wipes his face in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Arkansas won 86-73. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Update: The NCAA announced Thursday afternoon that March Madness has been canceled.

"This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health treat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities," the NCAA said in a statement.

Original story:

They set the stage for the biggest show in college basketball – and literally build the bracket that millions of Americans spend countless hours trying to perfect – but the men’s basketball conference tournaments are all canceled.

The SEC, Big Ten, Atlantic Coast Conference, PAC-12 and American Conference are all on the same page – safety first. They’re joining other sports and organizations in canceling or postponing major events to protect players, coaches and fans from coronavirus.

So, now what?

As of now, March Madness is still supposed to tip-off on schedule – but without the conference tournaments, the bracket will be blank.

It’s unclear how the NCAA would handling team seeding.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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