IHSAA condenses boys' basketball state tournament to 5 days

All 4 championship games set for Friday

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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.

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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