Saturday night time’s scheduled contest between No. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 seed VCU within the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament has been declared a no-contest with the Ducks advancing on to the second round as a result of of COVID-19 points throughout the VCU program. It’s the primary cancellation of the match as the occasion proceeds with rigorous COVID-19 testing requirements.

“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.”

Oregon will play the winner of Saturday night time’s sport between No. 2 seed Iowa and No. 15 seed Grand Canyon.

The cancellation marks a bitter finish for VCU after the Rams made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large crew following a 19-7 season.

A supply told CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander that positive assessments surfaced throughout the VCU program on Wednesday night, Friday night and Saturday morning. Those positive assessments prompted well being officers in Indiana and the NCAA to resolve permitting VCU to maneuver ahead with taking part in was too dangerous, in response to Norlander. 

Although NCAA officers beforehand stated a crew may compete with simply 5 gamers, officers decided on this case that VCU’s scenario may “look like it’s spreading,” Norlander reported.

The no-contest means no less than 4 of the 5 Pac-12 groups that made the sphere of 68 will play within the second round. Oregon State, Colorado and USC every received first-round video games. UCLA is taking part in No. 6 seed BYU Saturday night time in a primary round sport after the Bruins received within the First Four on Thursday night time.  

“During these challenging times, health and safety is the highest priority,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said in a statement. “We would like to wish the VCU student-athletes and staff all the best, and congratulate them on an outstanding season. We hate to see a team’s season end this way after all the hard work these student-athletes have put in. This isn’t the way we wanted to advance, but we are excited to be moving on and we will start our preparation for Monday’s game.”

VCU and St. Bonaventure have been the Atlantic 10’s two groups within the area of 68, however each have been eradicated Saturday, with the No. 9 seed Bonnies falling to LSU. Unfortunately, the Rams by no means received an opportunity on the courtroom.

“This is tremendously disappointing and heartbreaking for the student-athletes who’ve worked so hard for this opportunity,” Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade stated in a press release. “During this pandemic, the medical advisory boards have the authority to make this decision for the safety and welfare all of the student-athlete, staff and teams. VCU has had an outstanding year, and this setback does not diminish any of their accomplishments.”

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