Clemson, Oregon State basketball teams unharmed after van attack in Barcelona

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Clemson was one of several college basketball programs in <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/soccer/teams/barcelona/" data-ylk="slk:Barcelona">Barcelona</a> when Thursday’s apparent terrorist attack occurred. (AP)
Clemson was one of several college basketball programs in Barcelona when Thursday’s apparent terrorist attack occurred. (AP)

Two U.S. men’s college basketball teams were both staying at a Barcelona hotel in close proximity to where a driver plowed his van into a crowd of pedestrians on Thursday in an apparent terror attack.

Clemson and Oregon State both issued statements saying their entire travel parties are safe and nobody had been hurt.

Clemson canceled Thursday night’s exhibition game against the Barcelona All-Stars and will fly home Friday as previously scheduled. Oregon State had been scheduled to tour Spain through Aug. 25 and will now determine the viability of its remaining schedule.



At least five U.S. college teams were scheduled to be in Spain this week while participating in foreign exhibition tours.

Arizona released a statement saying its traveling party is safe and accounted for, but the Wildcats have decided to cancel their third and final exhibition game previously scheduled for Friday. Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen tweeted that his school’s traveling party was also safe. Grand Canyon’s basketball team is also unharmed, as it was not in Barcelona during the attack.

The van attack occurred in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, a popular and crowded tourist area. Barcelona police have confirmed that at least 13 people are dead and 32 others are injured, sone of whom were in serious condition.

Oregon State Coach Wayne Tinkle said the attack happened right in front of the team’s hotel, where the Beavers were eating at the time.



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