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NCAA tournament canceled amid coronavirus concerns

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There will be no NCAA basketball tournament this spring.

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Luka Garza and the Hawkeye basketball team will not be competing in the NCAA Tournament. Neither will ANY team this season.
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Well, it’s official.

On Thursday, just hours after various conferences across the country canceled their men’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA announced that its winter and spring championships will not happen amidst public concern due of COVID-19.

In other words, no men’s or women’s March Madness.

And it’s not limited to just basketball, too. Spencer Lee won’t have a shot at another NCAA Championship. There won’t be a College World Series. The list goes on and on.

It’s a shame, too. Regarding men’s basketball, this team battled doubters and injuries all season to get to this point. Luka Garza put up the best men’s basketball season in program history. This season will be a major “what if?”

Earlier today, the Big Ten announced its conference tournament would be cancelled. Other conferences followed suit, and many speculated the NCAA might postpone the tournament.

Nope. There will be no NCAA Tournament this season.