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NCAA tried to save March Madness with 16-team tournaments

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 17:04:38-04

INDIANAPOLIS — As it became apparent the NCAA basketball tournaments could not be held over three weeks because of concerns about the coronavirus, college sports officials toyed with a plan to hold a 16-team event to crown a champion in one long weekend.

NCAA vice president of men's basketball Dan Gavitt tells AP he started to consider ways of condensing the tournament Wednesday night after the NBA announced one of its players tested positive for the virus and the league suspended its season.

He hoped the men's games could be played in Atlanta, with the committee choosing the top 16 teams in the country to participate.