SEC, other conferences cancel basketball tournaments

Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe (1) reaches for the ball as he falls in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Arkansas won 86-73. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Several college basketball conference tournaments have been canceled moments before tipoff, putting the NCAA Tournament at risk.

The Big Ten, Big 12 and the SEC tournaments announced they were off, and other conferences were expected to follow suit.

The men's NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.