The NCAA laid out its contingency plans on Thursday ought to COVID-19 pressure a crew to withdraw from the women’s basketball tournament, and it’ll not enable a replacement crew to enter previous March 16 — 5 days earlier than the scheduled begin.
In reality, ought to a crew not be capable of play a recreation due to medical protocols as soon as the tournament is underway, the sport can be recorded as “no contest” and the opponent will transfer on to the subsequent spherical.
Changes to the sector can be allowed solely by following the principles the NCAA specified Thursday.
If an automated qualifier from a one-bid convention should pull out for COVID-19 causes, the convention could enter a chosen replacement crew. If the change is made earlier than the sector is about on March 15, the crew can be seeded because the tournament committee sees match. If the change comes after that, the replacement crew will fill the departing crew’s slot within the bracket.
There can be no reseeding or change to the bracket as soon as it’s introduced.
Should a possible at-large crew not meet medical protocols earlier than March 15, the committee have to be notified by March 14. If the crew is discovered after that date to not be capable of play, a replacement will come from a pool of 4 groups — the final 4 out — by the March 16 deadline.
Those 4 groups, in the event that they select to be thought of, can be seeded No. 1 by 4, with the highest seed to be the primary one in, if wanted. The replacement crew would go on the identical bracket line because the crew that’s withdrawing.
The tournament is being performed this yr solely within the San Antonio space due to the pandemic.
The 4 replacement groups will stay on their campuses and proceed the COVID-19 testing protocol in case they’re wanted to journey to Texas.
First Round video games are scheduled to begin on March 21. The championship recreation is scheduled for April 4 on the Alamodome.
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