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Oregon Men’s Basketball Advances to Round of 32 After No-Contest Declared with VCU

COVID-19 destroys another post-season dream.

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A mere three hours before the 7-seed Oregon Ducks were scheduled to play the 10-seed VCU Rams it was announced that the contest wouldn’t take place due to COVID-19 protocol.

The NCAA’s official statement:

“The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has declared the VCU-Oregon game scheduled for Saturday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. This decision was made in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department. As a result, Oregon will advance to the next round of the tournament. The NCAA and the committee regret that VCU’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to play in a tournament in which they earned the right to participate. Because of privacy issues we cannot provide further details.”

Our hearts go out to the fans, players and staff of the VCU Rams. We know how terrible this experience can be and send our warmest condolences their way.

The Ducks now automatically advance to the Round of 32 and await either the 15-seed Grand Canyon Antelopes or the 2-seed Iowa Hawkeyes.