In addition to its announcement of a fanless 2020 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the conference announced that fans would be barred from all its spring and winter sports.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who owns more Big Ten Tournament titles than the rest of his current peers combined, offered a strong stance on whether the games should be played here at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday.
As of right now, the NCAA Tournament is still a go without fans in attendance, but as the hours pass, the chances are not looking good. Kansas City, Mo., announced Thursday morning that it would be banning all public events with more than 1,000 attendees. Fans are asked to direct ticket refund inquiries to the original point of purchase. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games. "This is of the utmost importance as we're seeing similar issues across the country with other sporting events, including the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Championships in the coming weeks". By Thursday, after the National Basketball Association suspended its season Wednesday night, they decided not to play at all.
But not all of them.
Other tournaments stopped included the Atlantic 10, AAC, MAC, Big Sky, WAC, Big West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Southland.
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Bowlsby also addressed the media shortly before the first game of the day was scheduled to begin between Texas and Texas Tech.
But for the seven remaining games through Saturday evening, teams will be given access to 125 tickets, pegged for family and close friends, and the tickets will be issued on a game-by-game basis instead of the standard per-session basis.
The Mid-American followed suit and canceled the remainder of their tournament. "I feel particularly bad for the players". The Big Ten has also instituted a "moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future".
Top seed Florida State was then awarded the league's championship trophy in an odd ceremony with Commissioner John Swofford in a mostly empty arena.