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MARCH MADNESS: 2016 Class 1A & 2A Boys Basketball

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America's Original March Madness rolls back into Peoria for the 21st year, as the IHSA Class 1A and Class 2A Boys Basketball State Finals take center stage this weekend at the Peoria Civic Center’s Carver Arena. The state semifinals will unfold on Friday, March 11 with the third-place and state championship games to follow on Saturday, March 12.

The March Madness Experience, an interactive basketball-fueled family fun fest located in the Peoria Civic Center exhibit halls adjacent to the arena, opens on Thursday, March 10. The Country Financial Three-Point Showdown also continues Thursday at Carver Arena, as prelims will whittle competitors down to four shooters from each class. The final four shooters from Class 1A and Class 2A will shoot for their class titles between semifinal games on Friday, with the winners returning on Saturday, March 19 for a chance to be the all-class champion King of the Hill. In addition, the March Madness Experience will also play host to the IHSA’s 13th annual state wheelchair basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday.

The games will air live on Comcast SportsNet, Comcast SportsNet+ and IHSA TV Network affiliates (click for local listings). The games will also be carried live on the internet via the NFHS Network at, which will also stream the post-game press conferences live.

Lee Hall and Telly Hughes will bring viewers the 1A action, while Dave Bernhard and IBCA Hall of Famer Mark Lindo step in to call the 2A games. Matt Rodewald will handle the hosting from the March Madness Experience, while Zach Kerker and CSN's Kelly Crull handle the sideline duties.

No one covers the IHSA State Finals like the Peoria Journal Star. Check the Journal's Star state final preview, path to state, and so much more at the Peoria Journal Star website:

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Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, March 11
Session 1
Class 1A Semifinals
Noon - LeRoy vs. Liberty

2:00 p.m. - Woodlawn vs.

Session 2
Class 2A Semifinals

6:30 p.m. - Breese Central vs.
St. Joseph-Ogden

8:15 p.m. - Hales Franciscan vs. Rockridge

Saturday, March 12
Session 3
Class 1A Finals
Third-Place - Noon
Championship - 2:00 p.m.

Session 4
Class 2A Finals
Third-Place - 6:30 p.m.
Championship - 8:15 p.m.

Live on Comcast SportsNet & Comcast SportsNet Plus. Click here for channel schedule & information.



Stations carrying all games:
WEAI 107.1 FM (Jacksonville)
WFMB 104.5 FM (Springfield)
Online Broadcast

WHCO 1230 AM (Sparta)
Online Broadcast

WNSV 104.7 FM (Nashville)
Online Broadcast

WRHL 1060 AM (Rochelle)
Online Broadcast

Stations carrying school-specific  games:
WBBA 97.5 FM (Pittsfield)
Liberty games
Online Broadcast

WGCY 106.3 FM (Gibson City)
LeRoy games
Online Broadcast

WWHP 98.3 FM (Farmer City)
LeRoy games
Online Broadcast

WMIX 94.1 FM (Mt. Vernon)
Woodlawn games
Online Broadcast

WCXO 96.7 FM (Carlyle)
Breese Central games

WPXN 104.9 FM (Paxton)
St. Joseph-Ogden games
Online Broadcast

WRMJ 102.3 FM (Aledo)
Rockridge games
Online Broadcast


IHSA Boys Basketball Page

Thursday, March 10
5:00 p.m. - 1A/2A Prelims

Friday, March 11
1:45 p.m. - 1A Finals
8:00 p.m. - 2A Finals


Thursday, March 10
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 11
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 12
10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

, March 11
10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Saturday, March 12
10:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All games played in MME, awards follow final games,

Click here for game schedule

MME is located in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Halls

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