On Wednesday, NCAA president Mark Emmert believed college sports’ governing body would still be able to stage men’s and women’s basketball tournaments without fans in attendance.

But over the next 18 hours or so, Emmert and other NCAA officials came to understand the growing coronavirus outbreak and its threat to student-athletes, coaches and other people who would be in attendance at tournament sites around the country.

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The NBA’s suspending its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 was the “exclamation point” for the NCAA, according to Emmert.

The board of governors, which consists of 20 members, including 14 university presidents, soon voted unanimously to cancel the basketball tournaments and other NCAA championships.

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