NCAA Committee Calls Off VCU Game Due to Positive Tests

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The COVID-19 pandemic claimed one team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth University never got a chance to play, as multiple positive COVID-19 tests led the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee to declare Saturday’s game in Indianapolis between the 10th-seeded Rams and No. 7 Oregon a no-contest about three hours before tipoff.

“The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has declared the VCU-Oregon game scheduled for Saturday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols,” the NCAA said in a statement. “This decision was made in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department. As a result, Oregon will advance to the next round of the tournament. The NCAA and the committee regret that VCU’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate. Because of privacy issues we cannot provide further details.”

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