The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all its sporting events — including the remainder of the Pac-12 Conference basketball tournament — due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus.
“The Pac-12 Conference has made the decision to cancel the remainder of the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and all Pac-12 sport competitions and Pac-12 Championship events, effective immediately, until further notice,” conference officials said in a statement Thursday. “This decision has been made in consultation with our member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events.”
UCLA and USC had been scheduled to play quarterfinal games Thursday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The move comes one day after the NCAA announced that its men’s and women’s basketball tournament games — including the men’s West Regional at Staples Center — would be held without spectators due to concerns over the virus.
Staples Center was scheduled to host the men’s tournament West Regional on March 26-28 at Staples Center, but those games are now canceled.
NCAA officials have yet to cancel the NCAA Tournament, but NCAA President Mark Emmert said Mondaym that March Madness games will be held “with only essential staff and limited family attendance.”
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