Remaining games in Big Ten, SEC tournaments canceled
After initially announcing remaining games would continue without fan attendance, Big Ten Conference organizers said remaining games in the tournament have been canceled "effective immediately."
The announcement comes a day after officials originally said games would no longer be open to the general public due to concerns over the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Gophers were set to take on No. 25 Iowa Thursday.
A statement from the organization issued Thursday read, in part:
The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.
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
The SEC tournament was also announced as canceled on Thursday.
ALERT: Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Southeastern Conference today announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Nashville.— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) March 12, 2020