Southeastern Conference cancels men’s basketball tournament due to coronavirus concerns

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All Power 5 conferences cancel basketball tournaments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Just a little more than an hour before the University of Tennessee was scheduled to take the floor in the Southeastern Conference second round, the tournament was canceled by the league’s office as concerns continue over the coronavirus pandemic.

The Vols were scheduled to play Alabama at 1 p.m. EDT at Bridgestone Arena. Two games were played yesterday. Georgia beat Ole Miss 81-63, and Arkansas beat Vanderbilt 86-73.

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The SEC was joined quickly by the American Athletic, Athletic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, CUSA and PAC-12 conferences in canceling their postseason conferences.

The Ivy League was the first conference to cancel its tournament as coronavirus concerns continue to increase across the country. That tournament was canceled on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the SEC made initial plans to limit attendance to only essential staff, limited family and credentialed media.

Collegiate conferences suspending spring sports play temporarily

The announcement of the cancellation of the SEC men’s basketball tournament was followed less than an hour later with a statement from the conference saying all sports have been temporarily suspended until March 30.

The PAC 12, as well, canceled all of its sports team’s competitions indefinitely.

This is a developing story, and we will provide the latest information as it becomes available.

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