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NCAA Cancels Tournaments: No Oregon 'March Madness'

Oregon Athletics


On Thursday, the NCAA announced plans to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, known as March Madness. This, a day after the organization released a statement indicating the games would go on, but without fans in attendance.

In a statement, the NCAA indicated the decision was “based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat.” They added the move is meant to “ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic.”


On Wednesday, Pac-12 conference officials announced all Pac-12 athletic events have been cancelled, including the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament that was set to head into Round 2 on Thursday with a match-up between Oregon State and University of Oregon’s men’s teams.


University of Oregon expected to host the first two rounds of the Women’s NCAA basketball tournament next week. The Women’s NCAA Regional Tournament was scheduled for March 28-30 at the Moda Center in Portland. 


Oregon Softball’s exhibition game against the USA Softball Women’s National Team that was scheduled for March 18th has been postponed.


This story is evolving and will be updated.


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Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.