The college basketball season has officially come to an end, as the Coronavirus has caused the NCAA to cancel the NCAA Tournament over concerns of the virus.
This comes just one day after it was announced that the event would be played without spectators in the stands, which then just snowballed to the conclusion that we have now.
It’s unfortunate, especially for any senior on a potential NCAA tournament team, including the Kentucky Wildcats’ own Nate Sestina.
Hopefully, all will be well by the time next college basketball season rolls around and we can look back on this time as one of the more historical events that we’ve seen happen.
But this wasn’t the only thing to be canceled. The NCAA has also decided to cancel all spring sports, which include college baseball and softball. That means no College World Series later this summer, which is just brutal as the season isn’t even halfway over.
Here’s what social media had to say:
The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and March Madness.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2020
"I'm not sure there was any other reasonable choice."@JayBilas reacts to the news of the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments getting canceled today in response to coronavirus concerns. pic.twitter.com/26USDdOelw— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 12, 2020
The NCAA has also cancelled all spring sports....no Baseball, Softball or anything— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 12, 2020
Gonzaga coach Mark Few: “I’m extremely disappointed. I think all of us felt we could postpone it even until May and if we needed to cancel, we could then.”— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 12, 2020
He felt there was a 100% consensus from everyone he talked to on postponing it now as opposed to just canceling it now.
In case anyone still thinks canceling the tournament was the wrong decision: An official at the CAA tournament tested positive for COVID-19. https://t.co/FtMGyPkxSf— Jon Hale (@JonHale_CJ) March 12, 2020
Everything they worked for just throw it out. Don’t postpone, delay or any other adjustment. Too quick. But hey, the NCAA is always right https://t.co/rfGhtPdmC5— Brad Calipari (@bradcalipari) March 12, 2020
I’m pretty sure this was the last remaining sporting event UK was going to participate in...rifle championships have been canceled. https://t.co/g2EyqI6I9r— Bryan Kennedy (@BKennedyTV) March 12, 2020
The NCAA College World Series is officially canceled.— SEC Baseball (@SECbaseball) March 12, 2020
Man that just feels extremely premature. It definitely could reach that point but why not make that assessment down the road? This is months away. https://t.co/HcY2BpmsjU
Greg Sankey tells @finebaum “I’m surprised we’ve made a decision in March not to hold baseball and softball events in June. I’d love to know what went into those decisions.” pic.twitter.com/YNBUVYJ2VG— Brandon Zimmerman (@BZSEC) March 12, 2020
I get that people are upset the NCAA Tournament is cancelled, but I have to think the people standing to lose an untold amount of money have worked through the idea of just postponing it. You want it to continue, these folks have skin in the game and say it can't happen.— Jed DeMuesy (@Local12Jed) March 12, 2020
Stinks big-time for Nate Sestina. An abrupt ending to his college career and what he figured was a first deep run in March. Everyone else ... COULD come back if they wanted. Couple more will go, no doubt. But now we begin the stay-or-go watch way early.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) March 12, 2020
— Tyrese Maxey (@TyreseMaxey) March 12, 2020
Wow.. speechless. What a year so far. Stay safe everyone. Prayers for all.— Johnny Juzang (@JohnnyJuzang) March 12, 2020
God. That’s what we need. Period— Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) March 12, 2020
Bro who ever brought corona to the states got to see me outside real quick pic.twitter.com/QTolLM5Ybr— Zan Payne (@young_payne2321) March 12, 2020
Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans react pic.twitter.com/Owra6bd5It— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 12, 2020
Can’t believe today was the final time together in the gym. I was so excited to watch these guys write the rest of their story and thought we had a chance to be the last ones standing. Hate that it’s over, but it was one hell of a ride!— TJ Beisner (@tjbeisner) March 12, 2020
Love these dudes! pic.twitter.com/1GOZ9cQcWK
If NCAA does the right thing and grants winter & spring athletes another year of eligibility, this is totally going to be the sports version of Marvel's Blip. No one on any playing fields or courts for months and then suddenly they'll be back again. pic.twitter.com/KsgYCXTwMk— Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) March 12, 2020
The fact the NCAA FORFEITED making money, lets me know how serious this is. The fact that one of the most money hungry organizations in America said “making money is a secondary thought, for the sake of health” is mind-bogglingly scary.— Brent Rainscott (@BrentWainscott_) March 12, 2020
Just want it remembered that Duke was technically the first team eliminated— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 12, 2020
This feels like canceling Christmas.— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) March 12, 2020
No NCAA Tournament and no College World Series.— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerRadio) March 12, 2020
I feel for all those student athletes. My goodness it sucks for us but we're not playing.
So many college careers are over just like that.
Just like that... Kentucky’s season is over. We have likely seen the last game that Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley, and Nick Richards will ever play in a UK uniform. Probably Ashton Hagans as well.— OTHeroics - Kentucky Wildcats #BBN (@OTHwildcats) March 12, 2020
Just a sad and unfortunate end to the year.#bbn
if there was a proper way to end a season early, this has to be it right?— Big Blue Nation (@BigBlue9ation) March 12, 2020