The NCAA has declared Saturday’s men’s basketball tournament game between Oregon and VCU in Indianapolis as a non-contest due to COVID-19 protocols. Oregon was declared the winner of the game and advanced to the round of 16 on Monday.
VCU Coach Mike Rhoades told reporters that the team returned several positive test results in the past 48 hours. Sources told CBSSports.com that three players have tested positive and that test results returned on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and were the first positives for the team since last summer. The NCAA and local health officials in Indiana have decided that allowing VCU to play would be too risky, CBSSports.com reported.
NCAA said in a press release the decision to declare a non-competition “was made in consultation with the Marion County Department of Public Health.” He gave no further details, citing privacy concerns.
VCU is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. His last game was the conference tournament final on March 14 against St. Bonaventure in Dayton, Ohio. The Bonnies won that game and automatically qualified for the NCAA tournament. They lost to LSU in the round of 16 on Saturday afternoon. A source told CBSSports.com she was “shocked” that Saint-Bonaventure did not return any positive test results.
“It is extremely disappointing and heartbreaking for the student-athletes who have worked so hard for this opportunity,” he added. Bernadette V. McGlade said in a statement.
CBSSports.com reported that VCU is wondering if the team has contracted COVID-19 inside the Dayton hotel the A-10 reserved for the tournament final. A source told the website that a number of non-tournament visitors to the hotel were maskless. Additionally, an official who worked the tournament, Roger Ayers, tested positive for COVID-19.
A-10 spokesperson Drew Dickerson told CBSSports.com that all teams and officials were kept separate from the public and from each other in the hotel.
VCU is now in quarantine and cannot leave Indiana at this time, CBSSports.com reported.
Oregon will face Iowa on Monday.