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NCAA Tournament canceled due to Coronavirus

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The season is over.

NCAA East Regional Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

As expected, the 2020 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament have both been canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Remaining spring and winter sports, including the College World Series, have also been cancelled.

That means the college basketball season is officially over for the 2019-20 Kentucky Wildcats, who finish 25-6 and SEC regular-season champions. Their final game will end up being the 18-point comeback win over the Florida Gators in Gainesville this past Saturday.

This was inevitable after every ongoing conference tournament was canceled over the last 24 hours. The NBA has also suspended its season, and other ongoing sports are expected to follow suit. The MLB has suspended all operations indefinitely.

The NCAA was still hoping to conduct league tournaments and the NCAA Tournament, as they took measures to ban fan attendance in hopes that would prevent the virus from spreading while also allowing teams to finish out their seasons.

However, things took a drastic turn over the last 24 hours when NBA players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for the virus. Once players started contracting the virus, it became virtually impossible to continue athletic events for at least the next month. The SEC has also suspended athletic events until March 30th at the earliest.