The first college basketball game has been canceled due to the threat of the new Coronavirus spreading across the globe. COVID-19 originated in China, but has hit numerous countries in the past few months and is expected to spread further still.
To help avoid an outbreak on its campus – or at least delay it – Chicago State has canceled two games. According to a release from the school, the men’s basketball team will not travel for two regularly scheduled Western Athletic Conference games this week.
Chicago State athletic director Elliott Charles released a statement about the news. “Chicago State athletics views our decision as a reaffirmation of our commitment to the well-being, health and safety of our student athletes.”
College basketball insider Jeff Goodman initially broke the news. He reported Chicago State canceled games against Seattle University and Utah Valley scheduled for this week.
We now have the first Division 1 men’s basketball game canceled due to the Coronavirus, source told @Stadium.
Chicago State will not play its game tomorrow at Seattle University and Sat. at Utah Valley due to the threat. There have been 9 Coronavirus deaths in the Seattle area.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 4, 2020
Chicago State sits in last place in the Western Athletic Conference.
With an 0-14 conference record, the Cougars weren’t going anywhere in the conference tournament. The team currently owns a 19-game losing streak after starting the season with a 4-6 record.
It’s been a tough season for the Cougars and one that appears to be over a little early.