So that is that:
What a week it has been. On Friday we felt like a win over Rutgers might be barely enough to get a bid. By Tuesday we were talking ourselves into an extended run in Indianapolis to sneak back into the field. With today’s cancellation of the Big Ten Tournament there was a small chance that Purdue could still get into the field.
Now there won’t be a field.
Look, this is serious. We just don’t know what can happen here, and with estimates of millions contracting this by some very knowledgeable people that are epidemiologists (and a lot smart than most of us) it is bloody scary. If we have to sacrifce basketball for the greater good, then so be it. There have already been over 4,600 deaths world wide and it is very possible this is merely the beginning.
The CAA says that a game official who worked the men's basketball tournament this week has tested positive for Coronavirus.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 12, 2020
The official began exhibiting symptoms 72 hours after the game he worked.
I feel for Jahaad Proctor, Tommy Luce, and Evan Boudreaux the most. Their college career came to an unexpected early end.
Once again, there is nothing else to say except stay safe, everyone.
1) We are disappointed we aren’t able to continue our season, but this is much bigger than basketball. This is a worldwide issue and we understand that difficult decisions needed to be made.— Purdue’s Matt Painter (@CoachPainter) March 12, 2020