The NCAA has called off its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as part of a complete cancellation of all remaining spring and winter championships.
“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in a statement.
The announcement is an abrupt end to a basketball season that had less than a month to go before champions were to be crowned.
The decision follows the cancellation of 14 men’s basketball conference tournaments Thursday and announcements by the ACC, Big Ten and other leagues suspending all athletic-related activity until further notice.
On Wednesday, the NCAA had announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on but played in mostly empty arenas. That plan was scrapped as major American sports leagues, including the NBA, NHL and MLB, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.
Among the spring championships that were canceled are hockey, softball, baseball and lacrosse.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.