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Releasing a tournament bracket not ruled out by NCAA, per report

Mar 13, 2020, 12:49 PM | Updated: 2:54 pm

The NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Committee meets on Wednesday afternoon, March 8, 2017 in N...

The NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Committee meets on Wednesday afternoon, March 8, 2017 in New York City. The committee is gathered in New York to begin the five-day process of selecting and seeding the field of 68 teams for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Whether the idea originated with him or not, ASU men’s basketball head coach Bobby Hurley threw out a suggestion on Twitter after coronavirus concerns caused the NCAA Tournament to be canceled.

“Every team deserves recognition for their season’s success,” Hurley wrote. “Brackets should still be announced on Selection Sunday.”

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander then reported Friday that the NCAA’s senior vice president of basketball, Dan Gavitt, said the NCAA hasn’t ruled out the idea of releasing a 68-team NCAA Tournament bracket.

Hurley quickly tweeted again in response to the news:

Selection Sunday, which was originally slated for this coming Sunday, has historically presented an opportunity to gather and celebrate the accomplishment of getting into the NCAA Tournament.

If Arizona State (20-11, 11-7) were to make this year’s NCAA Tournament, it would be the third consecutive time doing so under Hurley. This season was Hurley’s fifth at Arizona State.

What’s more, ASU didn’t play a game in the Pac-12 Tournament, because the Sun Devils had a bye on the first day of play and the tournament was canceled entirely on Thursday morning.

Elsewhere in college sports, a statement Friday from the NCAA stated “leadership agreed that eligibility relief is appropriate for all Division I student-athletes who participated in spring sports.”

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