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STATE CENTRAL: 1A/2A March Madness

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The March Madness action shifts 38 miles to the west down Route 74, 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 unfold on Friday, March 9 with the third-place and state championship games to follow on Saturday, March 10. 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 8. 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 17 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 ninth annual state wheelchair basketball tournament on Friday and Saturday.

A first-time state champion will be crowned in the Class 1A field, as Carrollton, Illini Central Woodlawn and first-time qualifier North Shore Country Day all vie for the first boys basketball state title in school history. The Class 2A field features three of the Top 4 teams from the Associated Press poll, including a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in the semifinals between Breese Central and Seton Academy, respectively. The second semi pits Normal University against Rockford Lutheran.


Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center (Peoria)


Friday, March 9
Session 1
Class 1A Semifinals
Carrollton vs. Illini Central - Noon

Woodlawn vs. North Shore Country Day - 2:00 p.m.

Session 2
Class 2A Semifinals

Rockford Lutheran vs. Normal University - 6:30 p.m.

Seton Academy vs. Breese Central - 8:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 10
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.

Games available on IHSA TV Network. Click here for carriers and channels or check local listings.



Stations carrying all games:
WBBA 97.5 FM  (Pittsfield)
Online Broadcast

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

WQRL106.3 FM (Benton)
WRHL 1060 AM (Rochelle)
Online Broadcast

Stations carrying school-specific  games:
WJBM  1480 AM (Jerseyville)
Online Broadcast

WMIX 940 AM/94.1 FM (Mt. Vernon)
Online Broadcast

WCXO 96.7 FM (Carlyle)
Breese Central

WNTA 1330 AM/100.5 FM (Rockford)
Rockford Lutheran
Online Broadcast

WROK1440 AM (Rockford)
Rockford Lutheran
Online Broadcast

IHSA Boys Basketball Page

Thursday, March 8
5:00 p.m. - 1A/2A Prelims

Friday, March 9
1:45 p.m. - 1A Finals
8:00 p.m. - 2A Finals


Thursday, March 8
5:00 p.m. - 1A/2A Prelims
Friday, March 9
5:00 p.m. - 1A/2A Prelims
Saturday, March 10
5:00 p.m. - 1A/2A Prelims

, March 9
10:15 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.

Saturday, March 109
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

$6.50 per session
$8.50 per session
$10.50 per session
(MME admission is $2 or free with game ticket)





Class 1A Path To Peoria

Class 2A Path To Peoria

Past Champions

Record Book


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