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NCAA cancels March Madness, winter and spring championships

Like all basketball coaches around the country, Texas men's basketball head coach Shaka Smart, left, and women's basketball head coach Karen Aston — each of whom held out hope that a strong performance in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship might lead to an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament — had their seasons come to an end Thursday when the NCAA tournaments were cancelled (photos courtesy of texassports.com / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — It is not an overstatement to suggest that Thursday, March 12, 2020, was like no other in the history of American sports.

The day started with the realization that National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver had suspended the season after it was announced that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the coronavirus that has dominated international headlines for more than week.

Initially, it appeared that college basketball would be played, albeit in arenas without fans. That changed Thursday when commissioners around the country started canceling conference tournaments