Boys' WIAA basketball tournament starts tonight
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.
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.