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Big 12, other conferences cancel basketball tournaments

some reasons why I think that it wouldn't happen.

1. the virus will likely still be spreading two months from now, though our major cities reasonably could have a good handle on it by then

2. what do teams do between now and then? continue practicing, when they normally would be banned from doing so and coaches are normally hard at work on the recruiting trail?

3. How many players would forego preparing for the NBA draft in order to play in the tournament?

All that said, nothing would shock me at this point.

March 12, 2020 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big 12, other conferences cancel basketball tournaments

slippery slopes tend to autocorrect, and often overcorrect. This one will likely do the same.

March 12, 2020 at 11:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big 12, other conferences cancel basketball tournaments

They just simply cannot put the student athletes and the general public at risk.

It's that easy. They can't do it partly because we don't fully understand what the risk is yet. This virus is spreading wildly and will continue to spread wildly for months. Yes, some people have fully recovered and only experienced mild symptoms. Most people who have been diagnosed still have the virus.

If this virus truly does spread at least twice as quickly as the flu and kill 10 times more than the flu. Then cancelling the events probably is the right thing to do for now.

Soon however, we need to get the world's economy back in gear. Unfortunately thousands of people have lost loved ones due to the spread of this virus, and many more thousands probably will before it stops spreading. But if we don't get the economy back in action, then a far greater loss of life worldwide will result from the economic losses and the shutdown of the world's supply chains.

March 12, 2020 at 11:38 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

NCAA announces upcoming basketball tournaments will be played without fans in attendance

moving along ahead of schedule now. probably by the end of the day, definitely before the selection show.

March 12, 2020 at 11:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big 12, other conferences cancel basketball tournaments

probably by the end of the day

March 12, 2020 at 11:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Big 12, other conferences cancel basketball tournaments

NCAA will be cancelled before selection sunday

March 12, 2020 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

NCAA announces upcoming basketball tournaments will be played without fans in attendance

The tourney will be cancelled as soon as one player on a tourney team tests positive for COVID-19.

It will happen probably before next Thursday.

March 12, 2020 at 9:49 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bowlsby: Big 12 limiting fan access to Big 12 tournament beginning with Thursday games

1) So like, how are the coaches supposed to coach their players in timeouts without the other team hearing what their plan is?

Quietly, like they used to in HSs and small gyms all across America. But chances are the other team's coach is going to be coaching just as hard as our coach during TOs, and the players will be listening to their coach. Maybe the assistants will be trying to overhear the game plan. But, I don't they'll be too surprised when they hear the coach tell the players to "block out. don't turn it over. play hard. don't foul" etc.

2) Are they going to have to have a 5 second delay on the broadcast so that they don't broadcast players dropping f-bombs when they miss a shot?

Yes, but it's nothing new. They've been doing it for years. There might be a lot more editing going on though without having any crowd noise.

3) They just suspended the NBA season indefinitely... If they cancel the NCAA tournament, does that mean KU wins the national title because of their #1 ranking?

This is a good question. I suspect that the NCAA tourney will be cancelled as soon as one of the players has a positive test. And I bet that it WILL happen. My guess would be that they just don't name a champion if they don't finish the tourney. But they could get creative and try to figure out a way to have a champion.

4) If that is the case... No party on Mass street? It would suck to have to pub crawl from one fridge to another in my own house!

If KU is crowned as Champions, I suspect there will be no shortage of parties in Lawrence. Regardless of whether or not they shut down Mass street.

Relax, sit back, have fun, and enjoy the ride.

March 12, 2020 at 9:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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