March Madness: VCU Rams Out Of NCAA Men’s Tournament Due To Covid Outbreak

While the VCU Rams were poised to take on the Oregon Ducks tonight, in the first round of the NCAA’s men’s tournament, the game was ruled a no-contest due to “COVID-19 protocols.” Any March Madness ambitions on the part of the Rams abruptly ended there.

“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,” said the NCAA in a statement. “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.”

While the organization did not provide specific details, regarding the breach of safety protocols, VCU coach Mike Rhoades noted that multiple positive Covid tests had come back to the team, over the course of the last 48 hours. The rules of the NCAA tournament require that each team has at least five eligible players on the court, in order for a game to proceed.

With the Rams out of competition, the game moves on. Tonight, the No. 3 Texas Longhorns will face off against the Abilene Christian Wildcats (ranked 14th) at 9:50 p.m. ET. The game will be simulcast across TNT and TruTV.

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