The college basketball world has taken several major steps to eliminate the possibility of coronavirus potentially spreading between fans at a game by either cancelling games or closing them off to the public.
The latter strategy has been recommended by Ohio governor Mike DeWine, who decreed that any NCAA Tournament games played in the state will take place behind closed doors without any fans in attendance.
Dayton will once again host the "First Four" games, while Cleveland is scheduled to host first- and second-round action on March 20 and March 22.
There have been only four confirmed cases in Ohio, but the total number of confirmed cases in the United States recently surpassed 1,000. It's good to err on the side of caution with such a unique scenario.
As weird as it may be to see a March game without the exhilarated fans in the stands, this is understandable given how serious the coronavirus outbreak has become in this country. Better a game have no fans than one that could cause the disease to spread.