WIAA State Boys Basketball Championships Preview

THE STATE TOURNAMENT: The 104th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 14-16, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. 

HOW TO GET TICKETS:Ticket prices for the tourney are $10 per session (two games in a session) for all seating purchased at the Kohl Center. Ticket windows are available one hour prior to the start of any session. Tickets are available online for $12. All online tickets are print at home or available at the Will-Call window.

GATE SECURITY PROCEDURES: Everyone entering the Kohl Center is subject to pass through metal detectors. Fans and media are encouraged to arrive early to avoid missing the start of each session. 

STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE: The single elimination tournament features a five division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions. This is the first year the State tournament is seeded. The coaches of the qualifying teams in each division determined the seeds.

Thursday, March 14

Division 3*

#1 Martin Luther (23-3) vs. #4 Northwestern (21-5) - 1:35 p.m.

#2 Waupun (25-1) vs. #3 Denmark (22-4) 

Division 4*

#1 Roncalli (26-0) vs. #4 New Glarus (24-2) - 6:35 p.m.

#2 Lourdes Academy (25-1) vs. #3 Osseo-Fairchild (24-2)

Friday, March 15

Division 5*

#1 Sheboygan Lutheran (25-2) vs. #4 McDonell Catholic (18-9) - 9:05 a.m.

#2 Columbus Catholic (25-2) vs. #3 Bangor (25-1) 

Division 2*

#1 Nicolet (25-1) vs. #4 Elkhorn (23-3) - 1:35 p.m.

#2 Milwaukee Washington (21-5) vs. #3 La Crosse Central (24-2)

Division 1*

#1 Brookfield Central (21-5) vs. #4 Neenah (19-7) - 6:35 p.m.

#2 West Allis Central (22-3) vs. #3 Sun Prairie (20-6) 

Saturday, March 16

3-Point Challenge - 9:30 a.m.

Division 5 Championship Game - 11:05 a.m.

Division 4 Championship Game*

Division 3 Championship Game*

Division 2 Championship Game - 6:35 p.m.

Division 1 Championship Game*

*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.

STATE TOURNAMENT ON THE AIR: The State Tournament will be televised live on WKOW-TV in Madison, WAOW-TV in Wausau, WXOW-TV in La Crosse, WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, WYOW-TV in Eagle River, WMOW-TV in Crandon, WMLW-TV in Milwaukee, KBJR-MY9 in Duluth/Superior and WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. The Wisconsin Division of Quincy Media, Inc., will produce the coverage. The championships will also be streamed on the statewide network station websites. Also, download the Magic of March app for your source for live streaming video, scores, highlights and more about the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament on iOS or Android phones and tablets.

3-POINT CHALLENGE STREAMED LIVE: The 3-Point Challenge will be streamed live on the NFHS Network Saturday at 9:30 a.m. To watch the competition, register and subscribe to the NFHS Network. To purchase a subscription to the live programming for only $9.95 per month, log-on to www.wiaa.tv or www.nfhsnetwork.com and click on the subscription image in the middle of the page. Archived streams of the events will be available on demand on the NFHS Network 72 hours after the tournament without requirement of a subscription. 

POST-GAME MEDIA CONFERENCES STREAMED: The post-game media conferences will be shown live on the WIAA.tv portal of the NFHS Network immediately following each game.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The first WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament was held in 1916. This will be the 22nd year the Kohl Center has hosted the championships since moving from the UW Field House in 1998. The tournament featured a one-class format until 1934 when, for two years (1934-35), there were two classes. From 1936 until 1939, the tournament increased to three classes, and then returned to the one class format in 1940. A one-class tourney prevailed until 1972 when it again became a two-class event. The tourney went to three classes again in 1974 and remained that way until a four-division format was adopted in 1991. The 2011 State Tournament introduced the first five-division format and qualifying four teams from each division. Randolph has won 10 State championships, the most titles won by any member school. Beloit and Dominican have won seven championships. Stevens Point has won six titles, and Milwaukee King, Milwaukee Vincent, Milwaukee Lincoln and Racine St. Catherine’s have each won five. There have been 122 different schools that have won championships. Neenah and Superior own the record for the most State Tournament appearances with 27, followed by Beloit with 26, and then Eau Claire with 25.

NEED RESULTS?: The quickest way to get results will be to access the WIAA websitewww.wiaawi.organd choose the appropriate link on the home page or the boys basketball Tournament Information page. 

FOLLOW STATE TOURNEY ON SOCIAL MEDIA:Receive updates of the State Boys Basketball Tournament on the WIAA State Tournament Twitter account @wiaawistate with the hashtag #wiaabb.Also like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram at wiaawi, and add us on Snapchat at wiaawis.

via WIAA Press Release

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