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2020 Big Ten Tournament Cancelled

The league announced the decision minutes before Michigan and Rutgers were set to play.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament-Ohio State vs Purdue Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

If you’ve watched the news at least over the last few weeks, the biggest story nationally and around the world is the coronavirus. The infectious disease that reportedly began in China has now spread worldwide and into the United States. It’s been a tough thing to watch and has certainly put some concern into everyone in this country.

And in an effort to assist in containing the spread of the disease, the Big Ten announced on Thursday morning that it would be cancelling the 2020 Big Ten Tournament in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. It was a massive step for the conference to take, but one that many may appreciate down the line.

The Big Ten released the following statement:

The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately.

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.

The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.

Stay safe, everyone.