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State Boys Basketball FAQ -- info on TV, tickets, parking, schedules, & WSN's coverage

03/13/2023, 11:45am CDT
By Travis Wilson

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Here's some general information and frequently asked questions about the WIAA Boys State Basketball Tournament. 

When is the tournament and when are the games? The 107th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.

State Championship Schedule:

2023 State Boys Basketball Tournament
Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, 2023
Kohl Center, Madison, Wis.

Thursday, March 16

Division 3
#1 West Salem (27-1) vs. #4 Milwaukee Academy of Science (18-6) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 Brillion (27-1) vs. #3 Lakeside Lutheran (25-3)* 

Division 4
#1 St. Mary Catholic (26-2) vs. #4 Kenosha St. Joseph (18-10) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Luther (26-2) vs. #3 Whitehall (22-6)*

Friday, March 17

Division 5
#1 Newman Catholic (25-4) vs. #4 Royall (22-7) - 9:05 a.m.
#2 McDonell Catholic (28-1) vs. #3 Fall River (26-3)*

Division 2
#1 Pewaukee (25-3) vs. #4 Nicolet (24-4) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 La Crosse Central (23-5) vs. #3 Whitnall (24-3)*

Division 1
#1 De Pere (28-0) vs. #4 Kettle Moraine (18-10) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Arrowhead (26-2) vs. #3 Neenah (18-10)*

Saturday, March 18

3-Point Challenge - 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game - 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game - 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game* 

*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.

GATE SECURITY PROCEDURES:  Everyone entering the Kohl Center are now subject to pass through metal detectors. Fans and media are encouraged to arrive early to avoid missing the start of each session. 

Where is the state tournament held? 
All games of the Boys Basketball State Tournament are held at the Kohl Center in Madison.  Click here for a map of the Kohl Center area, and click here for a layout of the interior of the Kohl Center. It is important to note the Spectator Guidelines in the Kohl Center, as a number of items are prohibited. Click here for the Kohl Center Carry-In Policy.

How much are tickets and where can I get them? Ticket prices for the tourney are $13.50 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 print-at-home, available at the will-call window or through mobile delivery.

Keep in mind that if you buy tickets from one of the schools you will be sitting with that school's section.  If you purchase tickets online or at the Kohl Center you will be sitting in the general seating area, not with a particular school.


Where can I find coverage of the tournament? 
TV - The State Tournament will be televised live on WKOW-TV in Madison, WAOW-TV in Wausau, WXOW-TV in La Crosse, WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, WYOW-TV in Eagle River, WMOW-TV in Crandon, WMLW-TV in Milwaukee and WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. The Wisconsin Division of Allen Media, Inc., will produce the coverage. The championships will also be streamed on the statewide network station websites. Also, download the Magic of March app for live streaming video, scores, highlights and more about the WIAA State basketball tournaments. Live coverage of the tournaments on iOS or Android phones and tablets are also available on the app.

WKOW will be streaming the games live on their website: 

In addition, post-game media conferences will be streamed live on immediately following each game.

RADIO - Yes, there are many radio stations that will carry the games.  Check your local listings.  

ONLINE - is your home for the most complete coverage. WSN Basketball Editor Mark Miller will be publishing some great articles previewing the outstanding teams and players coming to Madison this weekend. Last but not least Mark Miller and Dick Knapinski will be writing some great articles and telling the stories of the 2023 state tournament.

SOCIAL MEDIA - You can follow the action and join in the discussion with the #wisbb hashtag on Twitter. Include the hashtag in your tweets and add it to your search items. Be sure to follow @WisBBYearbook, @travisWSN, and @basketballWSN for updates.

Where can I find results from the games? 
Follow all the games on our site, including the Scoreboard page. You can also follow @basketballWSN on Twitter for final scores of both boys and girls playoff games. 

Where can I find information about the teams? 
Mark Miller will be publishing preview articles this week so be sure to check Be sure to check our Playoff Central page as well for loads of info. 

THREE-POINT CHALLENGE:  The 3-Point Challenge will be held prior to Saturday’s championship games. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Kohl Center. A ticket for the Divisions 3, 4 and 5 championship games session is required for admittance. The top two players per division were selected for the contest based on the best 3-point field goal percentage with a minimum of 75 attempts during the regular season. The contestants representing Division 1 are Mason Debbink of Sheboygan North and Anthony Rise of Brookfield Central. Representing Division 2 are Kon Knueppel of Wisconsin Lutheran and Derek Shaw of Pulaski. The Division 3 participants are Drew Kortz of Freedom and Ben Vasold of Watertown Luther Prep. Division 4 will be represented by Logan Alberson of Ladysmith and Vaughn Johnson of Cumberland; and the Division 5 contestants are Blake Jakobi of Columbus Catholic and William Kelley of Florence. Visit the information on the WIAA website for more details on the 3-Point Challenge.

Where can I eat? 
The Kohl Center has concessions, but many fans choose to venture out between games or sessions. There are numerous places to eat surrounding the Kohl Center, and State Street is not far away either. Please note that all concessions stands at the Kohl Center are completely cashless. They will accept credit cards, ApplePay, GooglePay, etc.

Where can I park?
There are several parking ramps around the Kohl Center that will have special events parking available. If you don't mind walking there are some street parking spots available south of Regent Street. is a great resource as well. This site will give you information on parking downtown, the different restaurant options nearby and some things to do in your downtime.

Who has the best coverage of the boys state basketball tournament? 
We here at are your home for all things basketball, including the boys state tournament. We'll have full coverage leading up to the games, and full coverage from the games. Look for Twitter updates from WSN staff, game articles, results, and much more.

Follow WSN Boys Basketball Editor Mark Miller -- @WisBBYearbook
Follow the official account -- @wissportsnet
Follow WSN General Manager Travis Wilson -- @travisWSN

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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