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Big Ten men’s basketball tournament canceled due to the coronavirus



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Sophomore guard Rob Phinisee attempts a layup March 11 in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Big Ten conference announced Thursday afternoon that the men’s basketball tournament is canceled because of the coronavirus. Anna Tiplick

The Big Ten conference announced Thursday afternoon that the remainder of the men’s basketball tournament is canceled effective immediately because of the coronavirus.

IU was scheduled to play at approximately 8:55 p.m. Thursday night against No. 6 seed Penn State. The program has not released an official statement.

“The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic,” a release said.

This announcement comes after IU defeated Nebraska on Wednesday night. The Big Ten announced Wednesday night thatthe remaining games were to be played without fans in the stands. 

Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg caused concern when he left the game early after not feeling well but was diagnosed with the influenza A and returned to the team’s hotel. The NCAA announced Wednesday that it would play the tournament without fans in the stands.

The Southeastern, American, Atlantic Coastal, Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences men’s basketball tournaments were also canceled.

The NCAA hasn’t said if it will cancel the NCAA Tournament.

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