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

03/12/2018, 11:15am CDT
By Travis Wilson

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 103rd Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17, at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. 

State Championship Schedule:

2018 Boys State Basketball Championships 
Kohl Center, Madison - March 15, 16, 17

Thursday, March 15
Division 3*
#1 Valders (23-3) vs. #4 Kettle Moraine Lutheran (22-5) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 East Troy (21-5) vs. #3 Prescott (24-2) 

Division 4*
#1 Roncalli (21-5) vs. #4 Pardeeville (23-3) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Clear Lake (25-0) vs. #3 Marathon (22-4)

Friday, March 16
Division 5*
#1 Bangor (25-1) vs. #4 Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran (15-12) - 9:05 a.m.
#2 Deerfield (23-4) vs. #3 McDonell Central Catholic (17-10) 

Division 2*
#1 Kaukauna (23-3) vs. #4 Westosha Central (20-4) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 La Crosse Central (24-2) vs. #3 Milwaukee Washington (23-3)

Division 1*
#1 Oshkosh North (25-1) vs. #4 Hamilton (17-9) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Sun Prairie (25-1) vs. #3 Brookfield East (24-2) 

Saturday, March 17
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.

NEW 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, while further info on Spectator Guidelines can be found on a tab here.

How much are tickets and where can I get them? 
Tickets for the State Tournament are $10 per session ($12 for online tickets), with each session consisting of two games. Tickets are available at the participating schools or can be ordered online here. Tickets are available for sale at the Kohl Center one hour prior to the start of any session. Online tickets are available online up until two hours prior to the start of a session. All online tickets are print at home only or available at the Will-Call window.

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, KBJR-MY9 in Duluth/Superior and WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. The Wisconsin Division of Quincy Media, Inc., will produce the coverage. Also, download the Magic of March app for your source for live streaming video, scores, highlights and more about the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament on iOS or Android phones and tablets.

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 2018 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, @NorbertDurst, 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 WIAA will conduct the fourth 3-Point Challenge 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 into the event. 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 seniors Bennett Laubenstein of De Pere and Kyle Abatto of Kettle Moraine. Representing Division 2 are freshmen Sam Kick of Onalaska and Zac Johnson of River Falls. The Division 3 participants are seniors Caleb Gracyalny of Clinton, who qualified in the event last year, and Ryan Steffes of New Holstein. Division 4 will be represented by sophomore Trey Zastrow of Manitowoc Lutheran and junior Blake Pedrin of Howards Grove; and the Division 5 contestants are seniors Drew Haffner of Gresham and Drew Severson of Eleva-Strum. Visit the information on the WIAA website for more details on the 3-Point Challenge.

The 3-Point Challenge will be streamed live on the NFHS Network Saturday at 9:30 a.m. To watch the competition, register and subscribe to the NFHS Network. To purchase a subscription to the live programming for only $9.95 per month, log-on to or and click on the subscription image in the middle of the page. Archived streams of the events will be available on demand on the NFHS Network 72 hours after the tournament without requirement of a subscription. 

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.

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
Follow WSN Content Manager Norbert Durst -- @NorbertDurst

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