2020 Big 12 Tournament canceled Thursday amid coronavirus pandemic concerns

The Big 12 was one of many conferences to bring a halt to its annual tournament on Thursday

The Big 12 Conference on Wednesday took the step to ban fans from its postseason men's basketball tournament beginning on Thursday over fears that the coronavirus pandemic could spread at the event. Then, shortly before the first scheduled game on Thursday in Kansas City, the league announced that the tournament -- along with all conference championships until April 15 -- would be suspended, meaning the men's basketball championship has officially been canceled.

The cancellation came in conjunction with the Big Ten, ACC, AAC, SEC, Pac-12 and Big East all cancelling their respective tournaments as well. The NBA on Wednesday suspended its season after one Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player on the same team tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

2020 Big 12 Tournament schedule, scores

First round -- Wednesday, March 11
Game 1: No. 8 Oklahoma State 72, No. 9 Iowa State 71
Game 2: No. 10 Kansas State 53, No. 7 TCU 49                                                                                   

Quarterfinals -- Thursday, March 12
Game 3: No. 4 Texas vs. No. 5 Texas Tech | Canceled
Game 4: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State | Canceled
Game 5: No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 10 Kansas State | Canceled
Game 6: No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 West Virginia | Canceled

Semifinals -- Friday, March 13
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner | Canceled
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner | Canceled

Big 12 Tournament Championship Game -- Saturday, March 14
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner | Canceled

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