In light of recent developments

surrounding

COVID-19, the NCAA has

cancelled their postseason

tournaments.

The ACC, Big XII, Big

Ten, Pac-12 and SEC

have all suspended play

of their respective conference

tournaments.

Other conferences such

as the Ivy League, the Atlantic

10, Conference USA

and the WAC also cancelled

their tournaments.

Following the conference

announcements,

high profi le schools Kansas

and Duke revealed on

Thursday that all athletic

travel had been cancelled

indefi nitely, indicating

that neither school would

accept bids to the men’s

NCAA National Tournament

if it were to be

played.

Kansas was entering

conference tournament

play as the No. 1 ranked

team in the nation with a

28-3 overall record. In a

press release, Jayhawks

Head Coach Bill Self stated,

“While we are disappointed

for the players, it

was the right and necessary

thing to do. As I said

yesterday, this is bigger

than a sport or championship.”

Prior to Thursday’s announcement,

NCAA offi -

cials had been planning

to restrict March Madness

to teams, essential

staff and limited family

attendance. The fi nancial

ramifi cations of the cancellation

will be far reaching,

from host sites’ local

economies to merchandising

to television rights

and advertisements.