By Sally Fahey
The NCAA has completed more than 9,100 COVID-19 tests heading into the NCAA tournament with only eight total positives among Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 personnel.
The tournament began last night with the First Four, featuring games at Indiana’s Assembly Hall and Purdue’s Mackey Arena. The NCAA does not reveal who tested positive, although one came from a game official Monday night. That official and five others who had been in contact were sent home from Indianapolis.
All but one team participating in the tournament has spent the week in Indianapolis.
Defending champion Virginia, which had to withdraw from the ACC tournament because of a positive COVID-19 test, is set to arrive this afternoon. The Cavaliers must complete two rounds of testing and quarantine before being cleared to practice Saturday at the Indiana Convention Center. Virginia, the No. 4 seed in the West Region, is set to face No. 13 seed Ohio on Saturday night in Bloomington, Indiana.