CBI tournament canceled over coronavirus concerns

Organizers canceled the 2020 College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday due to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus.

“As colleges and universities are making difficult and complex health and risk-management decisions about conducting sporting events, it became apparent to us that this was the most prudent course of action,” read a statement from the Gazelle Group.

First held in 2008, the CBI is a 16-team postseason tournament for schools that are not selected to the NCAA Tournament or National Invitation Tournament.

The event’s most unique feature is a best-of-three format for the championship. South Florida defeated DePaul in Game 3 to win last year’s CBI title.

As of Wednesday, 31 people have died in the United States and more than 1,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed nationwide, per CNN.com.

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