Lakers Lebron James made a statement about fans not coming to the games because of the coronavirus.
Well today, that statement has become fact for the NCAA teams.
The NCAA made the unprecedented decision today to hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournament without fans because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. “Based on their advice and my discussions with the NCAA Board of Governors, I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family attendance.
The 68-team men’s field is scheduled to be announced Sunday, and the 64-team women’s tournament field is set to be unveiled Monday.
The women’s tournament first- and second-round games begin March 21 and will be played at 16 sites, mostly on or close the campuses of the top-seeded teams. The regionals will be played in Dallas, Greenville, South Carolina; Portland, Oregon; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Final Four will be held in New Orleans on April 3 and 5.