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“You just feel badly for everyone”: Cougars lament fanless March Madness, understand prioritizing public health

The Cougars travel to Fort Worth to compete in the American Athletic Conference tournament Thursday and will likely play in the NCAA tournament, but with the announcement that this year’s March Madness will be held without any fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players and coaches are wondering about playing in unprecedented environments.

“First of all, it shows how serious it is,” said sophomore guard Nate Hinton after practice on Wednesday afternoon. “ I didn’t really know how serious it was, but now that I see how it’s affecting us, I see that it is very serious.