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ACC reverses decision, joins other major conferences in canceling tournament games

The ACC has decided to cancel the remainder of its men’s basketball tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ACC officials made the decision just minutes before tipoff of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game between Florida State and Clemson at the Greensboro Coliseum.

ACC commissioner John Swofford had addressed the media less than two hours earlier, discussing the conference’s decision to go ahead with games with limited fan access.

The ACC released a statement at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday.

“Following additional consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors, and in light of the continued conversations surrounding the fluidity of COVID-19, the Atlantic Coast Conference will immediately cancel the remainder of the 2020 ACC Tournament,” the statement read. “For NCAA Tournament automatic qualification purposes, Florida State will represent the league as the ACC Champion. We are disappointed for our student-athletes, schools and fans to have to make this decision; however, the overall health and safety of all involved is the priority.”