Big West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament Cancelled

(Photo by Matt A. Brown)
(Photo by Matt A. Brown)

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Big West Conference has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments.

The decision was reached prior to today's scheduled start of the men's portion of the tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The third-seeded UC Santa Barbara men's basketball team was set to face sixth seed UC Riverside in the quarterfinals today at 2:30 p.m.

UCSB women's basketball received a double-bye to the semifinals as the second-seeded team in the women's tournament and was going to take on Hawai'i at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Below is the official statement from the Big West Conference regarding the decision to cancel the Big West Tournament:

ANAHEIM, CA – The Big West Conference announced today that it will be cancelling the Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament, effective immediately.

The main priority of the Big West Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.

UCSB Athletics' statement on home events being conducted without fans for the foreseeable future, posted earlier this week, is below:

As a precaution to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, beginning with the upcoming weekend's baseball games and men's volleyball match, all UC Santa Barbara Intercollegiate Athletics events will be held without fans in attendance for the foreseeable future, Athletics Director John McCutcheon announced Tuesday. 

In addition, the Big West Conference Basketball Tournament, which begins tonight in Long Beach, will be conducted without spectators in attendance. The Gauchos men's team is set to play UC Riverside on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. while the women's team will open the tournament on Friday at 2:30 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. 

"After much thought and discussion, with the safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans in mind, all UCSB-sponsored athletic events are scheduled to continue, however, events will now be held without fans, meaning there should be no fans at the in attendance," McCutcheon said. "Home events will be staffed with essential personnel only."

The restrictions are not limited to athletics. The following statement from Chancellor Henry Yang was sent to all faculty, staff and students at UCSB on Tuesday afternoon: 

Our campus will be transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of Winter Quarter and the start of the Spring Quarter through at least the end of April. Given our campus's transition to remote instruction and the possibility of additional travel disruptions and restrictions, we are recommending that all undergraduate students traveling for spring break be prepared for the possibility of remaining away from campus through the month of April. We understand that graduate students have different academic commitments and recommend that they consult with their advisors and departments.