The Chico State Basketball team was holed up in their hotels while the Chico State Baseball team was on a bus heading to Los Angeles for a four-game series with Cal State Los Angeles. By days end, both teams would be back in their respective busses headed back to Chico with their seasons coming to a premature end as the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic hits the United States.
The Wildcat men were slated to play in a 1st Round NCAA Tournament game versus Seattle-Pacific at RIMAC Arena. As of 11:30am on Thursday morning the 1st Round games were still on with teams practicing on the UCSD campus. But, less than two hours later, after widespread cancellations of Division I postseason conference tournaments. The decision was made to not only scrap the men's and women's basketball tournaments, affectionatley known as March Madness, but they also cancelled spring sports.
The decision was a shock to the Chico State men's basketball team which rebounded from a 9-14 season to win 23 games and earn the 4th seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Their season ends, and so ends the career of their lone senior Justin Briggs who set a new school record for career blocked shots. Briggs was also named the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year in the CCAA.
When word leaked out that spring sports were cancelled it was a major gut punch to the Chico State Softball team which was ranked 2nd in the nation with a record of 19-2. A crushing blow to a team that was dominating CCAA and West Region competition. The Chico State Baseball team was having a great bounce back year and was 15-7 overall and 11-5 in CCAA play.
It also ends the seasons for the highly touted Chico State men's and women's Track and Field teams as well as Chico State men's and women's golf.