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College Basketball World Reacts To Oregon, VCU Game Being Declared No-Contest

Oregon's bench celebrating during a basketball game.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 24: The Oregon Ducks bench reacts late in the second half after a play against the UC Irvine Anteaters during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 24, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Entering this year's unprecedented COVID-19 NCAA Tournament, at least one virus cancelation seemed to inevitably loom over the field of 64. On Saturday evening, that feared first cancelation hit.

Tonight's matchup between N0. 7 seed Oregon and No. 10 seed VCU has been ruled a no-contest due to COVID-19 protocols. With the virus issues occurring on the Rams' side of things, the Ducks will move on to the round of 32.

In an official statement released by the NCAA on Twitter, the league explained that the decision was made in consultation with the Marion County Public Health Department. Details about the scale of the potential outbreak were not divulged due to "privacy issues."

"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," the league wrote.

College basketball fans across the country took to Twitter to react to the decision.

You have to feel for this VCU team that fought its way to a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 conference and earned its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2018-19 -- just to be booted without getting a chance to even attempt an upset.

With the forfeited "win" over the Rams, Oregon now extends the PAC-12's perfect round of 64 record to 5-0.