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

The 2020 Big East Conference men’s basketball tournament began March 11 and was set to run through March 14 in New York City 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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“Following a call with our Presidents and Athletics Directors and additional consultation with the City of New York, the BIG EAST Conference has canceled the remainder of our men's basketball tournament, effective immediately.  We believe the decision is in the best interests of our participants and fans,” the conference said in a statement.

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.