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Boys' WIAA basketball tournament starts tonight

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The "Road to State" begins tonight for 450 Wisconsin boys' high school basketball teams.

The "Road to State" begins tonight (Tuesday) for 450 Wisconsin boys' high school basketball teams.

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It's the first big night of regional contests in four divisions.

A total of 31 schools have first-round byes, including all nine top-seeded schools in Division 1.

Nine of the 16 top seeds in Division 2 were also given a free pass to the next round, as were two of the 16 number-ones in Division 3.

All the top-seeds in Division 4 will play this evening. In fact, four teams in that division have already been eliminated in play-in games.

Those contests had eight-and-nine-seeds against each other and two of them had upsets.

Both No. 9 seeds Wisconsin Valley Lutheran and Watertown Maranatha Baptist advanced, along with eight-seeds Florence and Cambria-Friesland.

In a switch this year, the boys' state tournament is being held two weeks earlier than normal and it's a week ahead of the girls.

The boys' tourney is set for March 6-8 at the Kohl Center in Madison. The defending champions are Oshkosh West, Monroe, Racine Saint Catherine's, and Randolph.

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