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Players and coaches react to March Madness being canceled

Pac-12 Conference Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 12: A lone person stands at a row of box office windows underneath the logos of schools that were scheduled to participate in the Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on March 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The tournament was canceled in an effort to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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March Madness getting canceled in 2020 sent shockwaves throughout college basketball.

The NCAA announced its decision to cancel the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments on Thursday afternoon. Stunning the sport with the sudden change, coaches and players expressed opinions on social media.

Other coaches also gave interviews to address the season ending out of nowhere.

“Extremely, extremely disappointed. Extremely disappointed,” Gonzaga’s Mark Few said on ESPN. “I think all of us felt we could postpone, and even postpone into May or whatever and if we needed to cancel, we could cancel then. But if that’s what they’re doing, then I guess that’s what they’re doing. This is a sad, sad day. I think we probably could have at least paused or delayed it.”

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Seniors had their careers end without a final game. Championships went undecided in numerous conferences. And the magic of capturing the nation’s attention for three weeks is gone in an instant. March Madness getting canceled had a huge impact on the sport.