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Boys State Basketball Meet Tips Off Thursday
Issue Date: March 12, 2014
The 99th annual WIAA Boys Basketball State Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 13-15, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The single elimination tournament features a five division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions.
Ticket prices for the tourney are $10 per session for all seating purchased at the Kohl Center. Ticket windows are available one hour prior to the start of any session. Online tickets are available for $12. All online tickets are print at home or available at the Will-Call window.
The first WIAA State Boys Basketball Championship Tournament was held in 1916. This will be the 17th 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 has won seven championships with Milwaukee King, Milwaukee Vincent, Milwaukee Lincoln and Racine St. Catherines each having won five. There have been 108 different schools that have won championships. Superior Central owns the record for the most State Tournament appearances with 27, followed by Beloit and now Neenah with 26, and then Eau Claire with 25.