March Madness has turned into March Sadness for college basketball fans.
After first saying it would host the annual March NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament but not allow spectators, NCAA officials has revised its stance and canceled the tournament Thursday.
The first and second round games of the 2020 tournament were scheduled to be played at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday, March 19, and Saturday, March 21.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said the decision was based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus.
“We understand that this decision will be disappointing to our student-athletes and coaches who have been preparing all season to compete in this event as well as viewers at home,” said Sankey. “While this was not an easy decision, the health and well-being of our entire SEC community is of paramount importance.”