2020 Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament canceled over coronavirus outbreak

The 2020 Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament began March 10 and was set to run through March 14 in Missouri but was canceled over the coronavirus.

Each of the conference’s 10 teams made the tournament, though the tournament was canceled.

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The Big 12 Conference has announced the immediate suspension of all Conference championships until April 15, resulting in the cancellation of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships in Kansas City, along with its upcoming gymnastics and equestrian championships,” the conference said in a statement.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby added: “After consultation with our Board of Directors it was decided that canceling these championships was in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes.”

The NCAA later canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments over the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe and put all of American sports on lockdown.

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“Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I 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 this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said.