SPORTS

NCAA Announces They Won’t Release Brackets This Season After Tournaments Canceled

Mar 15, 2020, 12:09 PM | Updated: 12:18 pm
NCAA March Madness...
A general view of a 'March Madness' logo is seen during practice before the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 20, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The NCAA announced that brackets for its annual men’s and women’s basketball tournament won’t be released for 2020 after the tourneys were canceled on Thursday, March 12.

NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt announced the decision to not reveal brackets on Sunday, March 15.

“Anything less than a credible process is inconsistent with the tradition of the NCAA basketball championships. Brackets based on hypotheticals can’t substitute for a complete selection, seeding and bracketing process,” wrote Gavitt in a statement. “There will always be an asterisk next to the 2020 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships regardless if brackets are released. There is not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating and that isn’t fair to the teams that would be positively or negatively impacted by manufacturing March Madness.”

The Selection Show to unveil brackets was originally scheduled for the afternoon of March 15.

NCAA Tournaments Canceled

Due to concerns of coronavirus, the NCAA canceled its annual basketball tournaments on Thursday, March 12.

Prior to canceling the tournaments, the NCAA announced that they were going to proceed with the Tournament without fans in attendance.

The NCAA released a statement on the cancellation of the tournament.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the statement read.

Utah State and BYU were expected to participate in the tournament.

On March 12, nearly every conference basketball tournament was canceled due to concerns with coronavirus. The NBA, NHL, MLS, and MLB all suspended play as well.

Coronavirus Resources

Have you or a family member been affected by coronavirus issues in Utah? KSL TV wants to hear from you. Contact KSL by emailing social@ksl.com.

What is COVID-19? Here’s What You Need To Know To Stay Healthy

What We Know And Don’t Know About The Coronavirus

Four Common Coronavirus Questions Answered

The latest coronavirus stories from KSL TV can be found here.

Your Life Your Health: How can parents prepare their home, children against coronavirus?

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask respirator to protect yourself from coronavirus unless a healthcare professional recommends it.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

  • Utah State Aggies Scoreboard

  • Utah State Aggies Team Leaders

  • Utah State Aggies Standings

Sports

Devin-Lloyd-Jacksonville-Jaguars-Indianapolis-Colts...
Kyle Ireland

Jaguars LB Devin Lloyd Picks Off Chargers QB Justin Herbert

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd intercepted Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert for his second consecutive game with a pick.
16 hours ago
Rihanna-Super-Bowl-2009...
Jack Coyle, AP

Rihanna To Headline The Next Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna, who declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
16 hours ago
Jamaal-Williams-Detroit-Lions-Minnesota-Vikings-2022...
Kyle Ireland

Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams Scores Second TD Against Vikings

Former BYU and current Lions RB Jamaal Williams found the end zone for the second time during Detroit's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
16 hours ago
Julian-Blackmon-Indianapolis-Colts...
Kyle Ireland

Colts DB Julian Blackmon Exits Chiefs Game After Injury

Indianapolis Colts safety Julian Blackmon exited his team's Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs after suffering an injury.
16 hours ago
Cam Rising - Utah Utes - Oregon Ducks - Pac-12 Championship Game...
Michelle Bodkin

Utah Climbs AP Poll, BYU Holds Steady After Week Four Wins

Utah and BYU continue their AP Poll climb after successfully completing week four with wins.
16 hours ago
Jamaal-Williams-Detroit-Lions-Minnesota-Vikings-2022...
Kyle Ireland

Former BYU RB Jamaal Williams Finds Paydirt Against Vikings

Former BYU and current Lions running back Jamaal Williams entered the end zone for the third time this season.
16 hours ago
NCAA Announces They Won’t Release Brackets This Season After Tournaments Canceled