It was only a matter of time before COVID-19 showed up at the NCAA tournament and it did on Saturday night.
The NCAA announced Saturday that the scheduled first-round game between Oregon and VCU was declared non-competitive due to COVID-19 protocols. Oregon will advance to the second round.
The NCAA said they could not release more information due to privacy rules.
According to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, VCU is dealing with three positive cases on the team. They had their first positive test on Wednesday and then two more on Friday.
The NCAA said the decision to postpone the game was made “in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department.”
This marks the first NCAA tournament game canceled or declared non-competitive due to COVID-19 issues. The NCAA made its deadline Tuesday night for replacement teams to enter the field; neither team had a problem at the time.
The Oregon players have not been in contact with the VCU players before the scheduled game, so they will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament without even breaking a sweat.