Oregon State's Kylor Kelley (24) dunks against Utah during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Las Vegas.
NCAA President Mark Emmert
says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the
general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
Emmert said in a statement
Wednesday that he made the decision to conduct both the men's and women's
tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited
family in attendance. The decision comes after the NCAA's COVID-19 advisory
panel of medical experts recommended against playing sporting events open to
the general public.
The 68-team field for the
men's tournament is scheduled to be announced Sunday and the 64-team women's
tournament field is to be unveiled Monday. Games begin Tuesday and Wednesday on
the men's side in Dayton, Ohio, where earlier Wednesday the governor ordered to
restrict spectator access to indoor sporting events.