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Many 2A Sectionals Will Be Wide Open
February 20, 2008 - Nearly 400 teams were bracketed Sunday evening on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis for the 98th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament which begins next week.
The number of teams, 398, is two more than last season and the highest total since 399 entered the 1979 state tourney.
Sectional games are scheduled to run Monday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, March 1, at 64 sites around the state. The regional round is slated for March 8, semi-states on March 15 and the state finals on March 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. In all, 394 games will be played over the four-week period.
Among the top-ranked teams in the latest Associated Press poll, Class A No. 1 Triton will host Westville in Sectional 50. In 2A, No. 1 Bluffton will meet Adams Central in Sectional 38 at Woodlan. In 3A, top-ranked Evansville Memorial drew the bye and will play Mount Vernon in Sectional 32 at Boonville. And in 4A, No. 1 New Albany takes on Bedford North Lawrence in the bye game in Sectional 15 at Seymour.
Among the defending state champions, East Chicago Central drew a first round bye and will host the Munster-Highland winner in Class 4A, Sectional 1; Class 3A winner Plymouth will host South Bend St. Joseph’s in Sectional 19. Last year’s Class 2A state champion, Northwestern, is one of 30 teams that have moved up a classification from last season. The Tigers, now in 3A, will play Benton Central in the opening game of the six-team Sectional 20 at Frankfort. And in Class A, defending champion Oregon-Davis faces Marquette Catholic in the bye game in Sectional 50 at Triton.
One member school, Tindley of Indianapolis, will be making its first appearance in the boys basketball state tournament. The Tigers will compete in Class A, Sectional 59 at Indianapolis Lutheran.
Tecumseh, in Class A, leads the state with nine consecutive sectional championships while Lafayette Central Catholic, also in Class A, has won six straight.
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