Arizona Basketball

Pac-12 Tournament No Longer Open To Fans Starting Tomorrow Because of COVID-19 Concerns

The Pac-12 will conduct the remainder of its conference tournament, beginning tomorrow, with only essential staff, TV network partners, credentialed media, and limited family and friends in attendance, the conference announced tonight.

“This decision has been made based upon new information, including the recommendation of the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel.  Similar limited fan policies will apply to all Pac-12 sport competitions and Pac-12 Championship events until further notice,” the conference mentioned in a statement.

No. 5 Arizona is scheduled to play No. 4 USC in a quarterfinal game tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. at the T-Mobile Arena at Las Vegas.

Arizona’s baseball and softball teams are scheduled to host Oregon State this weekend at Hi Corbett Field and Hillenbrand Stadium.

Christian Koloko and Nico Mannion will not play in front of fans starting tomorrow when the Wildcats face USC in the Pac-12 tournament (Pac-12 Network screen shot)

“While we understand the disruption this will cause to our many fans, we have made this decision in an effort to do our part in helping to limit the spread of the virus and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus communities, working and volunteer event personnel and all those who attend Pac-12 events,” the statement continued.

“We will continue to analyze and implement updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health authorities, and take any additional steps necessary to protect the health of participants and attendees.”

Earlier in the day, the NCAA announced that the men’s and women’s tournament will only include the teams, essential personnel and limited family and friends.

The Arizona women’s program is expected to be announced as a host school for the NCAA tournament that begins March 20-23.

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.

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