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ACC tournament will be played in front of “limited crowds” starting Thursday

Coronavirus concerns have made their way to Greensboro.

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Following the lead of the NCAA and other power conferences, the ACC has announced that beginning on Thursday, the ACC men’s basketball tournament will be played in front of “limited” crowds in Greensboro.

Here’s the press release from the league:

In light of the rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19, the latest developments nationally from health authorities and today’s announcement by the NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel, the ACC will alter the remainder of the ACC Tournament.

After consultation with the league’s presidents and athletic directors, it was determined that beginning Thursday, March 12, all games will be played with only essential tournament personnel, limited school administrators and student-athlete guests, broadcast television and credentialed media members present.

Once the Big Ten became the first league to follow in the NCAA’s footsteps, it was only a matter of time before the other power conferences followed suit. The Big 12 and the AAC are among the other leagues that have already said they will begin playing their tournament games in front of limited crowds starting on Thursday.

Speaking from a purely basketball standpoint, this isn’t the worst thing in the world for Louisville. If North Carolina beats Syracuse in the second round, the Tar Heels would have pretty much been playing a home game against U of L on Thursday night. Louisville’s potential Friday and Saturday night opponents would have likely had a crowd advantage over the Cards as well.

Should be an interesting scene starting tomorrow. I’m excited to finally be able to hear the awful things Mike Krzyzewski has been saying under his breath during games all these years.