The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament has been canceled due to health concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus.
Yesterday’s opening round of games still commenced with Minnesota topping Northwestern and Indiana besting Nebraska. Huskers’ head coach Fred Hoiberg, who was under the weather before and during the game, left the contest early and was taken to a local hospital. The Big Ten initally planned to play all games from today going forward in front of no mass audience, only essential staff and families of players and coaches.
With the NBA suspending their season last night, several other conferences canceling their tournaments this morning, and the NHL likely to suspend their season within the next hour, the Big Ten officially called off the remainder of their tournament about 20 minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were slated to tip-off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
March Madness games were already set to be played in front of the same restricted audience the Big Ten had planned to implement starting today, but there’s a possibility the tournament may not even be played at all. No official determination has been made on that front, but it certainly appears to be the direction in which things are trending in the sports world.