2019-20 Season

2020 Big Ten Tournament is canceled

The Big Ten Tournament is canceled, effective immediately.

The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will be canceling the remainder of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, effective immediately.

The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.

Juwan Howard released this statement:

“Some things are bigger than basketball. This is a global situation and we need to make sure we follow the guidance and direction of the experts and health officials. While we are disappointed of not being able to play this event — especially for Zavier and Jon, we need to stay bonded together during this time. We want everyone to stay safe and take precautions to protect yourselves and loved ones. We are a Michigan family … forever.“

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  1. bounce

    If I was in charge I would have banned Pikiell and Martelli due to age and played the game. Then later I would have banned Evan Boudreaux for the same reason.

  2. mgl

    Come on, man. Can we acknowledge that this isn’t your garden variety viral infection and grant that it can’t be handled as such?

  3. GoBlueScrewOSU7

    I don’t think Kevin Ware or Livers play basketball for our enjoyment.

  4. Actualelguapo

    Yup, though in a vacuum, an NCAA tourney without Duke sounds like the best of all worlds.

  5. bluejayway

    Brief report upon returning from Indy: we were halfway in our walk to downtown Indy just to take it in at O’Reilys because fans were restricted to watch the game inside the fieldhouse at that stage. As we saw a flood of maize and blue walking the opposite way, we knew it was all over.

    We had attended the Wednesday games and it was a fun rowdy affair flooded with Hoosiers, but because there about 10,000 fans in attendance there, we’ve been keeping our distance (not obsessively, but rationally), and will be hunkering down this weekend to be protective for ourselves and others. We are doing fine and show no symptoms, but it has only been three days since the games.

    I don’t want to debate best course of action with anyone to approach the pandemic. I will say that I was angry and snarky and, frankly, in a lot of ways, selfish, about the tournament being cancelled and made it worse by making it known. I realize it’s a bad look.

    That said, I hope everyone in the UMHoops’ community is and stays safe during this time… I’m taking a break from all of it (a mourning period so to speak) until signing day mid-April… Be well, all.

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