Championship Information

Boys Basketball


Neutral Site Tournament Venues

Arizona Veteran's Memorial Coliseum (VMC)
1826 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Findlay Toyota Center (FTC)
3201 N. Main St.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Admission Fees

State Tournament (All games at FTC and VMC):
$15.00 Adults
$7.50 Students with High School ID
Children five and under admitted free

State Tournament (all games not at FTC and VMC):
$10.00 Adults
$5.00 Students with High School ID
Children five and under admitted free

Pre-sale tickets available through Go Fan
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AZPreps365.com/NFHSNetwork.com Webcasting

All available basketball games on NFHS Network

Please note that live streaming rights of all postseason events are held by NFHSNetwork.com. Events broadcasted by AZPreps365.com and/or the NFHS Network are exclusive to those entities for postseason competition. If AZPreps365.com or the NFHS Network are not broadcasting, a school or third party may broadcast using the following three options:

NFHS Network School Broadcast Program broadcasting: If a school plans to stream a postseason event and has an NFHS Network School Broadcast Program account, it can stream through the NFHS Network.

NFHS Network Affiliate Program: A third party wanting to become an NFHS Network affiliate will be granted exclusive rights to a postseason event at no cost. The outlet must stream the event solely to the NFHS Network. The outlet may broadcast the event in its own manner and may keep its advertising. Outlet will also be eligibile for royalties. Sample Affiliate Agreement

Any other means: Outside entities may be able to broadcast an NFHS Network "declined event" with non-exclusive rights. Permission must be granted through the AIA by completing a Media Rights Agreement and agreeing to rights fees. click here for agreement

 

2022-23 State Tournament Schedule

Open:
First Round: TBD, High Seed
Second Round: TBD, High Seed
Quarterfinals: TBD, High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 24, time and location TBD
State Championship: Sat., March 4, time TBD, VMC

6A:
If Necessary Round: TBD, High Seed
First Round: TBD, High Seed
Quarterfinals: TBD, High Seed
Semifinals: Wed., March 1, time TBD, High Seed
State Championship: Sat., March 4, time TBD, VMC

5A:
If Necessary Round: TBD, High Seed
First Round: TBD, High Seed
Quarterfinals: TBD, High Seed
Semifinals: Wed., March 1, time TBD, High Seed
State Championship: Fri., March 3, time TBD, VMC

4A:
If Necessary Round: TBD, High Seed
First Round: TBD, High Seed
Quarterfinals: TBD, High Seed
Semifinals: Sat., Feb. 25, time TBD, High Seed
State Championship: Thu., March 2, time TBD, VMC

3A:
First Round: TBD, High Seed
Second Round: TBD, High Seed
Quarterfinals: Tue., Feb. 21, time TBD, FTC
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 24, time TBD, VMC
State Championship: Sat., Feb. 25, time TBD, VMC

2A:
First Round: TBD
Quarterfinals: TBD
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 24, time TBD, VMC
State Championship: Sat., Feb. 25, time TBD, VMC

1A:
First Round: TBD, High Seed
Quarterfinals: TBD, High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 17, time and location TBD
State Championship: Sat., Feb. 18, time and location TBD

Note: Neutral site games are subject to relocation. Factors include, but are not limited to: location of high seed, contractual obligations, broadcast commitments, seating capacity and travel considerations of participating schools.

Conference Play-In Tournament

6A: TBD
5A: TBD
4A: TBD
2A: TBD

Note: Dates/Times/Locations Subject to Change

State Tournament Qualifying

Open Division: (32-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 12 games. Following the regular season, the top eight teams from the 4A, 5A and 6A conferences based on the overall AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps will receive a bid. Additionally, the next eight highest-ranked teams from the 4A-6A conferences combined will receive a bid. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to individual AIA ranking of the 32 teams. The state tournament will consist of five rounds and will be single elimination.

  • Open: Top eight (8) teams from the 4A, 5A and 6A conferences and eight (8) at-large qualifiers from the 4A-6A conferences

6A, 5A, 4A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 12 games. After qualifying teams are added to the Open Division state tournament bracket, the next 16 highest-ranked teams will make up the conference play-in bracket. The winners of the play-in games, along with any team losing in the first two rounds of the Open Division bracket, will advance to its respective conference state tournament. Should there be less than eight (8) schools coming back from the Open Division into their respective conference state tournament, the highest-seeded losing teams in the conference play-in games will advance to the conference state tournament to create a 16-team bracket. The state tournament brackets will be seeded according to the overall AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps; however, any conference play-in losing teams brought back into the conference state tournament will be seeded as the lowest seeds on the bracket. Initial round “if necessary” games are possible. The state tournaments will consist of four or five rounds and be single elimination.

  • 4A: Teams ranked 1-8 following qualification of Open Division participants, eight (8) conference play-in winners, and any teams returning from the first two Open Division rounds and/or play-in game losers

3A (24-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 12 games. Based on region standings, the top two teams in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament, except for the North Region. The two teams in the North Region tournament final will earn the region's two bids to the state tournament. The remaining 12 teams will qualify at-large based on the AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to overall ranking of the 24 teams, with teams ranked Nos. 1-8 receiving a first-round bye. The state tournament will consist of five rounds and be single elimination.

  • 3A: Two automatic bids per region (12 total), and 12 at-large teams

2A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 12 games. Based on region standings, the top two teams in each region will earn an automatic bid at minimum to the conference play-in tournament, except for the North Region, Valley Region and South Region. The two teams in the North Region and Valley Region tournament final will earn the region's two bids to at least the play-in tournament. In 2A South, the top two teams in the region according to the AIA rankings at the end of the regular season will be the two qualifiers to at least the play-in tournament. The conference play-in tournament will match up teams ranked No. 9 through No. 24. Teams ranked No. 1 through No. 8 according to the AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps, along with the eight winning teams from the conference play-in tournament, will make up the 16-team state tournament. The state tournament bracket will be seeded according to overall ranking of the 16 teams. The state tournament will consist of four rounds and be single elimination.

  • 2A: Teams ranked Nos. 1-8, and eight (8) conference play-in winners

1A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 12 games. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. The four (4) Super Regional champions will also earn an automatic bid, if different than the region champion. Remaining teams will be added to the state tournament bracket based on AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps. The 16 teams will be seeded according to AIA rankings. The state tournament will consist of four rounds and be single elimination.

  • 1A: 8-12 automatic bids and 4-8 at-large qualifiers based on ranking