A basketball tournament is just about the smallest of concerns at a global level during this COVID-19 pandemic, but it's still sad that there will be no March Madness to carry us through these difficult times.
In case you somehow haven't heard, the NCAA canceled the men's college basketball tournament Thursday afternoon, as well as what seems to be every sporting event for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
Who knows if we'll end up hearing from the tournament selection committee about what the field would have looked like, but just in case, we're keeping this projected bracket posted.
Speaking on behalf of all bracketologists, it would be nice to be able to make comparisons and try to continue to learn how the committee is utilizing the still fairly new NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings. And on behalf of fans, theorizing how the tournament might have played out would be a nice little reprieve during this tragic news cycle.
We'll see what they decide on that front, but here's our take on what the tournament field might have been.
Last Updated: 6:20 p.m. ET on Thursday
Midwest No. 16: North Carolina Central vs. Prairie View A&M
South No. 16: Siena vs. Robert Morris
Midwest No. 11: Richmond vs. Wichita State
West No. 11: UCLA vs. Texas
Last Five In (from safest to least safe): Indiana, Richmond, Wichita State, Texas, UCLA
First Five Out (from first out to fifth out): Northern Iowa, Xavier, Stanford, NC State, Purdue
Kerry Miller covers men's college basketball and college football for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter: @kerrancejames.