Illinois state basketball tournament set to tip off
With the Illinois High School Association boys basketball postseason underway, here's the upcoming schedule to keep an eye on.
First, on Monday, Feb. 20, fifth-seeded Chester takes on eight-seed Campbell Hill at 7:30 p.m. in the Campbell Hill Regional at Campbell Hill.
Then on Tuesday, Feb. 21, Marquette Catholic High School, which earned themselves a bye in the first-round due to their second seed, will take on the winner of the Dupo versus Sparta preliminary match up. That game is at 7 p.m. in the Waterloo Regional at Gibault Catholic.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 sees fourth-seeded Marissa/Coulterville High School take on the winner of Valmeyer versus Lovejoy in the Valmeyer Regional.
The action then really picks up next week with a slew of games happening on Monday, Feb. 27. First, O'Fallon High School, an eight seed, takes on sixth-seeded Althoff Catholic in the Ottawa Sectional at Ottawa Township. That game tips off at 6 p.m.
There's another 6 p.m. start that night over at Mater Dei for the Breese Regional, where ninth-seeded Waterloo battles eighth-seeded Freeburg, and also on the 27, seventh-seeded Columbia battles 10-seeded Jerseyville in the Bethalto Regional taking place at Civic Memorial.
Later on that same evening, fifth-seeded Belleville East gets a first-round match at home when they take on Collinsville in the Belleville East Regional. That game tips off at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that matchup will then meet top-seeded Breese Central High on February 28 at 7 p.m., also taking place at Belleville East.
Then on March 1 at 7 p.m., Mater Dei High School, who earned the third seed, plays their first potseason game of the year against the winner of a preliminary game between Highland and Mascoutah. That 7 p.m. game takes place at Mater Dei.
Also on March 1, third-seeded Belleville West will get the victor of the Belleville East/Collinsville game taking place on Feb. 27. That 7 p.m. game will be back at Belleville East.
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