The 2020 NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments have been canceled due to the concerns of spreading the coronavirus.

In addition, all reaming winter and spring NCAA champions have been canceled as well.  This includes the NCAA wrestling championships in which Iowa was ranked number 1 in the nation.

In a statement from the NCAA, "Today, NCAA president Mark Emmert and the board of governors canceled the Division 1 men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.  This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during the academic year given ongoing decision by other entities."

Gary Barta, AD of the University of Iowa said in a statement, “We fully support the actions being taken by the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA, knowing that the health, safety, and wellness of our student-athletes and staff members is the top priority.

My heart aches for our student-athletes, coaches, and athletic staff, as our spring sport seasons are cut short, especially for our seniors. I sympathize with our winter sports teams who were primed to compete at their upcoming NCAA Championship events.

We will do everything in our power to provide our full support for everyone in Iowa athletics as we move forward through the spring semester.”

 

 

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