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VCU-Oregon game a no-contest due to COVID-19 protocols

The NCAA said Oregon will advance to the next round of the tournament.

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA said the VCU-Oregon basketball game schedule for Saturday night has been called a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols. 

The NCAA said Oregon will advance to the next round of the tournament. 

Saturday’s game was scheduled to be played at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. 

The NCAA said the decision was made in consultation with the Marion County Health Department. 

The NCAA said they 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 team found out the news Saturday evening after spending almost a week waiting to play their first game.  

According to the head coach, they received multiple positive tests in the last 48 hours.  

“We got the team in the middle of the hallway and just told them,” said Mike Rhoades, VCU head coach. “It was devastating. It was heartbreaking. No dry eyes. This is what you dream of as a college player and coach and to get it taken away like this, it’s just a heartbreaking moment in their young lives.” 

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