VCU-Oregon ruled no-contest in March Madness shocker

The NCAA Tournament saw its first game canceled due to COVID-19 on Saturday. Saturday night’s game between No. 7 Oregon and No. 10 VCU was declared a no-contest by the NCAA because of COVID-19

The NCAA Tournament saw its first game canceled due to COVID-19 on Saturday.

Saturday night’s game between No. 7 Oregon and No. 10 VCU was declared a no-contest by the NCAA because of COVID-19 protocols with VCU.

Oregon will automatically advance to the second round to face the Iowa-Grand Canyon winner.

The decision was made in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department with the game scheduled for Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis. VCU had a positive test first appear on Wednesday and two more positives followed Friday night, according to CBS Sports. It led to health officials and the NCAA to decide it was too risky to allow VCU to play.

CBS also reported that the tech tracking teams during practice was not the reason for the decision, but because in VCU’s case it looked like COVID-19 was “spreading”

“The NCAA and the committee regret that VCU’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate,” the NCAA said in a statement. “Because of privacy issues we cannot provide further details.”

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Joseph Staszewski

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