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NCAA Tournament has its first COVID-19 cancellation

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Ouch.

St Francis v VCU Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images

We’re only into the second day of Round of 64 action, and we already have an NCAA Tournament game being canceled.

Saturday evening, it was announced that the Oregon vs. VCU game had been ruled a no-contest due to COVID-19 issues within the Rams’ program. VCU has also been forced to withdraw from the tournament, and Oregon will automatically advance to the Round of 32 to face the winner of Iowa vs. Grand Canyon.

It’s unclear how serious the issues are within VCU’s program, so you hope everyone is ok and doing well. But this is an absolutely brutal way to end the season.

If you recall, the NCAA designated four teams — Louisville, Saint Louis, Ole Miss and Colorado State as replacement teams if anyone dropped out of the tournament due to COVID-19.

However, for a replacement team to be added to the field, a team had to drop out of the field within the first 48 hours of the tournament bracket being revealed Sunday. That’s why there won’t be a team added to the field to replace VCU.

Just brutal.

And it probably won’t be the last game to be scratched.