IHSAA condenses boys' basketball state tournament to 5 days

All 4 championship games set for Friday

Cedar Rapids Xavier prepares for starting lineup introductions on Championship Saturday in 2017 at Wells Fargo Arena. The tournament will end on Friday in 2018 with all four championship games. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Xavier prepares for starting lineup introductions on Championship Saturday in 2017 at Wells Fargo Arena. The tournament will end on Friday in 2018 with all four championship games. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

All four boys’ basketball state championship games will now be played on the Friday of state tournament week, the IHSAA announced Tuesday.

The IHSAA Board of Control approved a revised state tournament schedule that condenses the tournament from six days to five, still at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

This year’s tournament is March 5-9. Each day will be considered a single session, meaning a ticket is good for each game.

“Our goal in moving the state basketball tournament to a five-day event is to reduce conflicts with college basketball tournaments and spring breaks that many school districts are engaged in and provide our schools, communities and fans a shorter tournament week experience,” IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste said in a statement.

Monday and Tuesday will both feature seven games, while six games will be played each of the next three days.

Championship games in the smaller two classes are moved up a few hours Friday to 2 p.m. (1A) and 3:45 p.m. (2A). 3A and 4A championship games are now Friday night instead of Saturday, with 3A beginning at 6:30 p.m. and 4A at 8:15 p.m. It’s the first time the tournament is not scheduled to end on a Saturday.

“We believe we can create more of a championship environment by playing all championship games on the same day – Championship Friday,” Beste said.

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Consolation games will remain. 1A and 2A will take place Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., with 3A and 4A following Friday at the same times.

The IGHSAU hosts the five-class girls’ state basketball tournament in six days at the same venue, but without consolation games.

“Personally like this move by @ihsaa_iowa,” Cascade Coach Jacob Brindle said on Twitter. “Love elimination of “sessions” and all finals on same day. Think it’s a pro-bball move.”

Here’s the complete revised schedule from the IHSAA:

Monday, March 5

Class 1A Quarterfinals

9:30 a.m.

11:15 a.m.

1 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

Class 2A Quarterfinals

4:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Class 2A Quarterfinals

9:30 a.m.

Class 3A Quarterfinals

11:15 a.m.

1 p.m.

2:45 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Class 4A Quarterfinals

6:30 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7

Class 4A Quarterfinals

10:30 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

Class 1A Semifinals

2 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

Class 2A Semifinals

6:30 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 8

Consolations

10:30 a.m., 1A

12:15 p.m., 2A

Class 3A Semifinals

2 p.m.

3:45 p.m.

Class 4A Semifinals

6:30 p.m.

8:15 p.m.

Friday, March 9

Consolations

10:30 a.m., 3A

12:15 p.m., 4A

Championships

2 p.m., 1A

3:45 p.m., 2A

6:30 p.m., 3A

8:15 p.m., 4A

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