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WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament Preview....Division 2

Thursday, March 14th, 2024 -- 8:15 AM


The 108th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Boys Basketball Tournament will take place today-Saturday at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The State Tournament will be televised live in our area on WAOW Wausau, WXOW La Crosse, and WQOW Eau Claire.


Here's a preview of the Division 2 field....

Friday, March 15
Division 2 - Semi-finals
#1 Wisconsin Lutheran (28-0) vs. #4 Nicolet (24-4) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 Pewaukee (24-4) vs. #3 West Salem (25-3)*

Championship Final - Saturday, March 16  - 6:35 p.m.

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


ABOUT THE DIVISION 2 FIELD:  Wisconsin Lutheran was awarded the top seed in the bracket. The Vikings are making their fourth appearance at State overall and the first since 2014. They have advanced to the championship game in each of their previous experiences. The Vikings won the title in 2014 after finishing runner-up in 2013. They also captured the crown in 2009. Wisconsin Lutheran was the champion in the West Division of the Woodland Conference this season, and the Vikings claimed a berth in the final four with an 80-59 win over Racine Park in the Burlington Sectional final. Three-time defending champion Pewaukee was issued the #2 seed in the bracket. The Pirates attempt to become just the third program to win at least four championships in a row. They are making their fourth straight appearance and their fifth overall. In addition to the championship the past three seasons, they finished runner-up in 2001. This season, the Pirates were runner-up in the West Division of the Woodland Conference behind top-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran. They continue their quest for a fourth straight title after beating Stoughton 62-49 in the Watertown Sectional final. West Salem, the runner-up in Division 3 the past two seasons, moves up to qualify this season in Division 2. The Panthers are the #3 seed. The two runner-up finishes account for both the Panthers’ previous appearances. They return to State following a 66-58 win versus River Falls in the Neillsville Sectional final. During the regular season, the Panthers won the title in the Coulee Conference. Nicolet, the fourth seed, returns to the State Tournament for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in the program’s history. They won their one State title in 2019. The Knights defeated Ashwaubenon  56-44 in the Whitefish Bay Sectional final to return to the tourney field. They were the champions of the North Shore Conference this season.

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