March sadness: 7 things we’ll miss with the cancellation of this year’s NCAA Tournament

Coronavirus cancellations continue in the world of sports

Butler Bulldogs mascot Blue II on the court as Butler practices prior to the 2011 Final Four.
Butler Bulldogs mascot Blue II on the court as Butler practices prior to the 2011 Final Four. (2011 Getty Images)

The NCAA canceled its basketball tournaments on Thursday due to the spread of coronavirus, which put an abrupt end to the men’s and women’s seasons, less than a month before champions were set to be crowned.

It marked a sad day for college basketball fans everywhere -- despite the fact that the cancellation was made for the right reasons, it’s OK to feel bummed.

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been played every year since 1939, ESPN reported.

The unprecedented move comes a day after the NCAA announced that the games would go on, but they’d be played in mostly empty arenas.

That plan was quickly scrapped as every major American sports league from the NBA to MLB put the brakes on its season due to concerns about the pandemic.

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


It might be a strange March without the tournament. So, what will we miss most? We’ll tell you first, and then you share your answer at the end. Deal?


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