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Big Ten cancels conference tournament due to coronavirus

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The Big Ten Tournament has been canceled. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Big Ten cancels conference tournament due to coronavirus

COLUMBUS — For the first time since it became an annual event, the Big Ten Tournament has officially been canceled.

The conference announced its decision to cancel the remainder of the league tournament Thursday.

The conference has not reported any cases of the coronavirus at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, but the Big Ten had to take appropriate measures.

“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,” the conference said in a statement released Thursday.

Ohio State was set to take on Purdue on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., but that won’t be happening. None of the Big Ten Tournament will be happening. And as the sports world adjusts to the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Big Ten continues to adapt to this new reality.

And now, the wait is on to see if the NCAA will end the entire NCAA Tournament that is scheduled to be played starting next week and run through the firs week of April.

This is not the first event to be canceled, and it won’t be the last.

Ohio State announced Wednesday evening that the annual spring game, which was set for April 11, has been canceled due to the spread of COVID-19. Ohio State will also temporarily halt its spring recruiting season. The football program will postpone all unofficial and official visits through April 20. The Buckeyes coaches will not go off-campus to recruit, in accordance with the university’s temporary travel restrictions.

The university also announced all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public.

Lettermen Row will continue to update any updates on Ohio State athletics and how the Buckeyes are impacted by the coronavirus as they develop.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A recent graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his first year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.

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