(CNN)The scheduled first-round game between Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Oregon in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been declared a no-contest due to Covid-19 cases among the VCU team, the NCAA announced Saturday.

The VCU team won’t be participating in the tournament after some Covid-19 tests came back positive recently, Ed McLaughlin, VCU director of athletics, said in a statement.The Oregon Ducks will advance to the second round of the tournament. They will face the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, which defeated Grand Canyon University Saturday night.As March Madness descends on Indianapolis, the city struggles with some of its highest homicide numbers everAs March Madness descends on Indianapolis, the city struggles with some of its highest homicide numbers everAs March Madness descends on Indianapolis, the city struggles with some of its highest homicide numbers ever“With the utmost disappointment, our men’s basketball program will head home from the NCAA Tournament,” McLaughlin said. “We are heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches, campus community and fans.””The members of our program did an excellent job following Covid-19 protocols all year so ending our season in this manner hurts even more,” he said.Read MoreThe team had been tested for Covid-19 every day for three weeks, and “multiple positive” results came back in the past 48 hours, VCU head coach Mike Rhoades said.”We are devastated for our players and coaches,” Rhoades said. “It has been a dream for all of us to play in the NCAA Tournament.”In pictures: March Madness 2021In pictures: March Madness 2021 Photos: March Madness 2021Tobias Cameron kisses the head of teammate Joe Pleasant after Pleasant's two clutch free throws gave Abilene Christian a 53-52 win over Texas on Saturday. It was the last of several first-round upsets in this NCAA Tournament. Abilene Christian was a 14-seed. Texas was a 3-seed.Tobias Cameron kisses the head of teammate Joe Pleasant after Pleasant's two clutch free throws gave Abilene Christian a 53-52 win over Texas on Saturday. It was the last of several first-round upsets in this NCAA Tournament. Abilene Christian was a 14-seed. Texas was a 3-seed. Photos: March Madness 2021Tobias Cameron kisses the head of teammate Joe Pleasant after Pleasant’s two clutch free throws gave Abilene Christian a 53-52 win over Texas on Saturday. It was the last of several first-round upsets in this NCAA Tournament. Abilene Christian was a 14-seed. Texas was a 3-seed.Hide Caption 1 of 42Iowa's Luka Garza and Grand Canyon's Asbjorn Midtgaard take part in the opening tip-off of a first-round game on Saturday.Iowa's Luka Garza and Grand Canyon's Asbjorn Midtgaard take part in the opening tip-off of a first-round game on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Iowa’s Luka Garza and Grand Canyon’s Asbjorn Midtgaard take part in the opening tip-off of a first-round game on Saturday.Hide Caption 2 of 42Ohio players celebrate after their 62-58 win over Virginia on Saturday. Ohio is a 13-seed in the West Region. Virginia, the 2019 champions, came into the tournament as a 4-seed.Ohio players celebrate after their 62-58 win over Virginia on Saturday. Ohio is a 13-seed in the West Region. Virginia, the 2019 champions, came into the tournament as a 4-seed. Photos: March Madness 2021Ohio players celebrate after their 62-58 win over Virginia on Saturday. Ohio is a 13-seed in the West Region. Virginia, the 2019 champions, came into the tournament as a 4-seed.Hide Caption 3 of 42Florida State's Balsa Koprivica, left, hits the boards along with UNC-Greensboro's Isaiah Miller on Saturday.Florida State's Balsa Koprivica, left, hits the boards along with UNC-Greensboro's Isaiah Miller on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Florida State’s Balsa Koprivica, left, hits the boards along with UNC-Greensboro’s Isaiah Miller on Saturday.Hide Caption 4 of 42Drake players walk off the court after their first-round loss to USC on Saturday.Drake players walk off the court after their first-round loss to USC on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Drake players walk off the court after their first-round loss to USC on Saturday.Hide Caption 5 of 42Ohio's Dwight Wilson III watches his layup fall through the net during the Virginia game on Saturday.Ohio's Dwight Wilson III watches his layup fall through the net during the Virginia game on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Ohio’s Dwight Wilson III watches his layup fall through the net during the Virginia game on Saturday.Hide Caption 6 of 42Creighton's Mitch Ballock, right, and UC-Santa Barbara's Amadou Sow reach for a loose ball on Saturday.Creighton's Mitch Ballock, right, and UC-Santa Barbara's Amadou Sow reach for a loose ball on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Creighton’s Mitch Ballock, right, and UC-Santa Barbara’s Amadou Sow reach for a loose ball on Saturday.Hide Caption 7 of 42The scoreboard goes dark at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum earlier than expected on Saturday night. VCU and Oregon were scheduled to play a first-round game, but it was called off after VCU had some positive Covid-19 tests. Oregon advanced to the next round.The scoreboard goes dark at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum earlier than expected on Saturday night. VCU and Oregon were scheduled to play a first-round game, but it was called off after VCU had some positive Covid-19 tests. Oregon advanced to the next round. Photos: March Madness 2021The scoreboard goes dark at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum earlier than expected on Saturday night. VCU and Oregon were scheduled to play a first-round game, but it was called off after VCU had some positive Covid-19 tests. Oregon advanced to the next round.Hide Caption 8 of 42Grand Canyon fans show their support for their team prior to the Iowa game on Saturday.Grand Canyon fans show their support for their team prior to the Iowa game on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Grand Canyon fans show their support for their team prior to the Iowa game on Saturday.Hide Caption 9 of 42Virginia's Sam Hauser shoots over Ohio's Ben Roderick on Saturday.Virginia's Sam Hauser shoots over Ohio's Ben Roderick on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Virginia’s Sam Hauser shoots over Ohio’s Ben Roderick on Saturday.Hide Caption 10 of 42Eastern Washington's Michael Meadows drives to the basket during the first half against Kansas on Saturday.Eastern Washington's Michael Meadows drives to the basket during the first half against Kansas on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Eastern Washington’s Michael Meadows drives to the basket during the first half against Kansas on Saturday.Hide Caption 11 of 42LSU players cheer on their teammates during their first-round win against St. Bonaventure on Saturday.LSU players cheer on their teammates during their first-round win against St. Bonaventure on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021LSU players cheer on their teammates during their first-round win against St. Bonaventure on Saturday.Hide Caption 12 of 42Michigan fans wait for the team's opening game against Texas Southern on Saturday.Michigan fans wait for the team's opening game against Texas Southern on Saturday. Photos: March Madness 2021Michigan fans wait for the team’s opening game against Texas Southern on Saturday.Hide Caption 13 of 42Houston's Tramon Mark dribbles past Cleveland State's Tre Gomillion during their first-round game on Friday.Houston's Tramon Mark dribbles past Cleveland State's Tre Gomillion during their first-round game on Friday. Photos: March Madness 2021Houston’s Tramon Mark dribbles past Cleveland State’s Tre Gomillion during their first-round game on Friday.Hide Caption 14 of 42Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 101-year-old chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers, watches the team play Georgia Tech on Friday. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/loyola-sister-jean-march-madness-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">The basketball-loving nun</a> became famous in 2018 during the school's Cinderella run to the Final Four.Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 101-year-old chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers, watches the team play Georgia Tech on Friday. <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/16/us/loyola-sister-jean-march-madness-trnd/index.html" target="_blank">The basketball-loving nun</a> became famous in 2018 during the school's Cinderella run to the Final Four. Photos: March Madness 2021Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the 101-year-old chaplain for the Loyola Ramblers, watches the team play Georgia Tech on Friday. The basketball-loving nun became famous in 2018 during the school’s Cinderella run to the Final Four.Hide Caption 15 of 42North Texas players celebrate after they upset Purdue on Friday. The Mean Green, a 13-seed, won 78-69 in overtime.North Texas players celebrate after they upset Purdue on Friday. The Mean Green, a 13-seed, won 78-69 in overtime. Photos: March Madness 2021North Texas players celebrate after they upset Purdue on Friday. The Mean Green, a 13-seed, won 78-69 in overtime.Hide Caption 16 of 42Television commentators Ian Eagle, left, and Grant Hill watch a game in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday.Television commentators Ian Eagle, left, and Grant Hill watch a game in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday. Photos: March Madness 2021Television commentators Ian Eagle, left, and Grant Hill watch a game in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday.Hide Caption 17 of 42Arkansas' Davonte Davis rises for a layup during the Razorbacks' first-round win over Colgate on Friday.Arkansas' Davonte Davis rises for a layup during the Razorbacks' first-round win over Colgate on Friday. Photos: March Madness 2021Arkansas’ Davonte Davis rises for a layup during the Razorbacks’ first-round win over Colgate on Friday.Hide Caption 18 of 42Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle celebrates a 3-pointer with his players during their upset win over Tennessee on Friday. The 12th-seeded Beavers defeated the fifth-seeded Volunteers 70-56.Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle celebrates a 3-pointer with his players during their upset win over Tennessee on Friday. The 12th-seeded Beavers defeated the fifth-seeded Volunteers 70-56. Photos: March Madness 2021Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle celebrates a 3-pointer with his players during their upset win over Tennessee on Friday. The 12th-seeded Beavers defeated the fifth-seeded Volunteers 70-56.Hide Caption 19 of 42Baylor takes on Hartford at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.Baylor takes on Hartford at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Photos: March Madness 2021Baylor takes on Hartford at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.Hide Caption 20 of 42Utah State forward Justin Bean tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during a first-round game against Texas Tech.Utah State forward Justin Bean tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during a first-round game against Texas Tech. Photos: March Madness 2021Utah State forward Justin Bean tries to save a ball from going out of bounds during a first-round game against Texas Tech.Hide Caption 21 of 42A man wears a face shield and mask at the North Texas-Purdue game.A man wears a face shield and mask at the North Texas-Purdue game. Photos: March Madness 2021A man wears a face shield and mask at the North Texas-Purdue game.Hide Caption 22 of 42Players from Oral Roberts celebrate after their upset win over Ohio State on Friday. The Golden Eagles won 75-72 in overtime. It's only the ninth time in tournament history that a 15-seed has defeated a 2-seed.Players from Oral Roberts celebrate after their upset win over Ohio State on Friday. The Golden Eagles won 75-72 in overtime. It's only the ninth time in tournament history that a 15-seed has defeated a 2-seed. Photos: March Madness 2021Players from Oral Roberts celebrate after their upset win over Ohio State on Friday. The Golden Eagles won 75-72 in overtime. It’s only the ninth time in tournament history that a 15-seed has defeated a 2-seed.Hide Caption 23 of 42Ohio State's Zed Key, left, and Duane Washington Jr. react after the loss to Oral Roberts.Ohio State's Zed Key, left, and Duane Washington Jr. react after the loss to Oral Roberts. Photos: March Madness 2021Ohio State’s Zed Key, left, and Duane Washington Jr. react after the loss to Oral Roberts.Hide Caption 24 of 42Florida's Colin Castleton blocks Virginia Tech's Tyrece Radford during their first-round game on Friday. Florida won 75-70 in overtime.Florida's Colin Castleton blocks Virginia Tech's Tyrece Radford during their first-round game on Friday. Florida won 75-70 in overtime. Photos: March Madness 2021Florida’s Colin Castleton blocks Virginia Tech’s Tyrece Radford during their first-round game on Friday. Florida won 75-70 in overtime.Hide Caption 25 of 42North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts after his team turned the ball over against Wisconsin on Friday. Wisconsin won 85-62. It is the first time that Williams has lost in the first round as a head coach. He had been 29-0.North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts after his team turned the ball over against Wisconsin on Friday. Wisconsin won 85-62. It is the first time that Williams has lost in the first round as a head coach. He had been 29-0. Photos: March Madness 2021North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts after his team turned the ball over against Wisconsin on Friday. Wisconsin won 85-62. It is the first time that Williams has lost in the first round as a head coach. He had been 29-0.Hide Caption 26 of 42A staff member sprays disinfectant on a handrail Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.A staff member sprays disinfectant on a handrail Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Photos: March Madness 2021A staff member sprays disinfectant on a handrail Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.Hide Caption 27 of 42Texas Tech's Clarence Nadolny reacts during his team's first-round win against Utah State on Friday. Texas Tech was the tournament runner-up in 2019.Texas Tech's Clarence Nadolny reacts during his team's first-round win against Utah State on Friday. Texas Tech was the tournament runner-up in 2019. Photos: March Madness 2021Texas Tech’s Clarence Nadolny reacts during his team’s first-round win against Utah State on Friday. Texas Tech was the tournament runner-up in 2019.Hide Caption 28 of 42Oral Roberts star Max Abmas, the leading scorer in the country, shoots a floater in the first half against Ohio State. He finished with 29 points in his team's upset victory.Oral Roberts star Max Abmas, the leading scorer in the country, shoots a floater in the first half against Ohio State. He finished with 29 points in his team's upset victory. Photos: March Madness 2021Oral Roberts star Max Abmas, the leading scorer in the country, shoots a floater in the first half against Ohio State. He finished with 29 points in his team’s upset victory.Hide Caption 29 of 42Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman barks out defensive instructions on Friday.Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman barks out defensive instructions on Friday. Photos: March Madness 2021Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman barks out defensive instructions on Friday.Hide Caption 30 of 42Mezie Offurum, a forward for Mount St. Mary's, reacts after a dunk in the tournament's opening game on Thursday. The game was played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.Mezie Offurum, a forward for Mount St. Mary's, reacts after a dunk in the tournament's opening game on Thursday. The game was played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana. Photos: March Madness 2021Mezie Offurum, a forward for Mount St. Mary’s, reacts after a dunk in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday. The game was played at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana.Hide Caption 31 of 42Drake's Darnell Brodie, left, and Wichita State's Tyson Etienne battle for a loose ball during their "First Four" play-in game on Thursday. Drake won 53-52 for its first NCAA Tournament win in 50 years.Drake's Darnell Brodie, left, and Wichita State's Tyson Etienne battle for a loose ball during their "First Four" play-in game on Thursday. Drake won 53-52 for its first NCAA Tournament win in 50 years. Photos: March Madness 2021Drake’s Darnell Brodie, left, and Wichita State’s Tyson Etienne battle for a loose ball during their “First Four” play-in game on Thursday. Drake won 53-52 for its first NCAA Tournament win in 50 years.Hide Caption 32 of 42Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has a heated conversation with Gabe Brown during their game against UCLA on Thursday. UCLA won 86-80 in overtime.Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has a heated conversation with Gabe Brown during their game against UCLA on Thursday. UCLA won 86-80 in overtime. Photos: March Madness 2021Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has a heated conversation with Gabe Brown during their game against UCLA on Thursday. UCLA won 86-80 in overtime.Hide Caption 33 of 42Appalachian State fans are spread out while cheering on the Mountaineers against Norfolk State on Thursday.Appalachian State fans are spread out while cheering on the Mountaineers against Norfolk State on Thursday. Photos: March Madness 2021Appalachian State fans are spread out while cheering on the Mountaineers against Norfolk State on Thursday.Hide Caption 34 of 42Norfolk State guard Jalen Hawkins gets off a shot against Appalachian State.Norfolk State guard Jalen Hawkins gets off a shot against Appalachian State. Photos: March Madness 2021Norfolk State guard Jalen Hawkins gets off a shot against Appalachian State.Hide Caption 35 of 42An arena worker sprays down a team bench area between games in Bloomington on Thursday. The players were spread out in areas normally meant for fans.An arena worker sprays down a team bench area between games in Bloomington on Thursday. The players were spread out in areas normally meant for fans. Photos: March Madness 2021An arena worker sprays down a team bench area between games in Bloomington on Thursday. The players were spread out in areas normally meant for fans.Hide Caption 36 of 42Texas Southern celebrates after defeating Mount St. Mary's 60-52 in the first game of the tournament.Texas Southern celebrates after defeating Mount St. Mary's 60-52 in the first game of the tournament. Photos: March Madness 2021Texas Southern celebrates after defeating Mount St. Mary’s 60-52 in the first game of the tournament.Hide Caption 37 of 42UCLA's Cody Riley shoots the ball over Michigan State's Mady Sissoko on Thursday.UCLA's Cody Riley shoots the ball over Michigan State's Mady Sissoko on Thursday. Photos: March Madness 2021UCLA’s Cody Riley shoots the ball over Michigan State’s Mady Sissoko on Thursday.Hide Caption 38 of 42Wichita State's Morris Udeze walks over to teammate Tyson Etienne after Etienne was called for a foul against Drake on Thursday.Wichita State's Morris Udeze walks over to teammate Tyson Etienne after Etienne was called for a foul against Drake on Thursday. Photos: March Madness 2021Wichita State’s Morris Udeze walks over to teammate Tyson Etienne after Etienne was called for a foul against Drake on Thursday.Hide Caption 39 of 42A worker cleans the backboard and rim at halftime of the Texas Southern-Mount St. Mary's game on Thursday.A worker cleans the backboard and rim at halftime of the Texas Southern-Mount St. Mary's game on Thursday. Photos: March Madness 2021A worker cleans the backboard and rim at halftime of the Texas Southern-Mount St. Mary’s game on Thursday.Hide Caption 40 of 42Appalachian State's Donovan Gregory dives for a loose ball on Thursday.Appalachian State's Donovan Gregory dives for a loose ball on Thursday. Photos: March Madness 2021Appalachian State’s Donovan Gregory dives for a loose ball on Thursday.Hide Caption 41 of 42A worker holds a sign encouraging spectators to wear masks before the Michigan State-UCLA game in West Lafayette, Indiana.A worker holds a sign encouraging spectators to wear masks before the Michigan State-UCLA game in West Lafayette, Indiana. Photos: March Madness 2021A worker holds a sign encouraging spectators to wear masks before the Michigan State-UCLA game in West Lafayette, Indiana.Hide Caption 42 of 4214b march madness 2021 first round sat05 march madness 2021 first round sat11 march madness 2021 first round sat06 march madness 2021 first round sat09 march madness 2021 first round sat12 march madness 2021 first round sat07 march madness 2021 first round sat13 march madness 2021 first round sat08 march madness 2021 first round sat10 march madness 2021 first round sat03 march madness 2021 first round sat01 march madness 2021 first round sat02 march madness 2021 first round sat04 march madness 2021 first round sat17 march madness 2021 first round friday20 march madness 2021 first round friday19 march madness 2021 first round friday06 march madness 2021 first round friday15 march madness 2021 first round friday02 march madness 2021 first round friday13 march madness 2021 first round friday16 march madness 2021 first round friday12 march madness 2021 first round friday09 march madness 2021 first round friday07b march madness 2021 first round friday14 march madness 2021 first round friday05 march madness 2021 first round friday11 march madness 2021 first round friday10 march madness 2021 first round friday03 march madness 2021 first round friday01 ncaa tournament 2021 first four02 ncaa tournament 2021 first four11 ncaa tournament 2021 first four06 ncaa tournament 2021 first four10 ncaa tournament 2021 first four03 ncaa tournament 2021 first four04 ncaa tournament 2021 first four12 ncaa tournament 2021 first four07 ncaa tournament 2021 first four09 ncaa tournament 2021 first four08 ncaa tournament 2021 first four13 ncaa tournament 2021 first fourThe team made it to the tournament after a 19-7 season that led them to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Game for the sixth time since 2012-2013, according to the statement.”Life isn’t always fair, but it’s about how you deal with it and move forward,” Rhoades said. Dana Altman, head coach for Oregon, said in a statement, “During these challenging times, health and safety is the highest priority. We would like to wish the VCU student-athletes and staff all the best, and congratulate them on an outstanding season. We hate to see a team’s season end this way after all the hard work these student-athletes have put in.”

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