Championship Information

Boys Basketball


Neutral Site Tournament Venues

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

Bradshaw Mountain High School (Prescott area)
6000 E. Long Look Dr.
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

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

Prescott High School (Prescott area)
1050 N. Ruth St.
Prescott, AZ 86301

Yavapai College (Prescott area)
1000 E. Sheldon St.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Spectator parking in the north lot of the gym...gates open one hour prior to first game

Admission Fees

State Tournament All Rounds (except VMC and FTC):
$10.00 Adults
$7.50 Active Military and Senior Citizens (62 and over)
$5.00 Students with High School ID
Children five and under admitted free

State Tournament All Rounds at VMC and FTC:
$15.00 Adults
$12.50 Active Military and Senior Citizens (62 and over)
$7.50 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

 

2021-22 State Tournament Schedule

6A:
First Round: Thu., Feb. 17, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Wed., Feb. 23, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 25, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Wed., March 2, 8 p.m., VMC

5A:
First Round: Wed., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Sat., Feb. 19, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Thu., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Tue., March 1, 8 p.m., VMC

4A:
First Round: Tue., Feb. 15, 7 p.m., High Seed
Quarterfinals: Fri., Feb. 18, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Tue., Feb. 22, 7 p.m., High Seed
State Championship: Mon., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., VMC

3A:
First Round: Wed., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., High Seed%
Second Round: Sat., Feb. 19, 7 p.m., High Seed%
Quarterfinals: Tue., Feb. 22, 1, 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m., FTC
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 25, 6 & 7:30 p.m., VMC
State Championship: Sat., Feb. 26, 6 p.m., VMC

% - AIA staff, in conjunction with high seed host, has authority to secure alternate locations if host site venue has potential of not accommodating anticipated crowd size

2A:
First Round: Fri., Feb. 18, Prescott area [check bracket]
Quarterfinals: Sat., Feb. 19, Prescott area [check bracket]
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 25, 12 & 1:30 p.m., VMC
State Championship: Sat., Feb. 26, 2 p.m., VMC

1A:
Quarterfinals: Fri., Feb. 11, 7 p.m., High Seed
Semifinals: Fri., Feb. 18, Prescott area [check bracket]
State Championship: Sat., Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., FTC

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: Fri., Feb. 11, 7 p.m., High Seed
5A: Fri., Feb. 11, 7 p.m., High Seed
4A: Thu., Feb. 10, 7 p.m., High Seed
2A: Wed., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., High Seed
1A: Tue., Feb. 8, 7 p.m., High Seed

Note: Dates/Times/Locations Subject to Change

State Tournament Qualifying

6A, 5A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 10 power ranked games. Teams ranked No. 1 through No. 8 according to the AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps will earn an automatic bid to the state tournament. The conference play-in tournament will match up teams ranked No. 9 through No. 24. Teams ranked No. 1 through No. 8, 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.

  • 6A, 5A: Teams ranked Nos. 1-8, and eight (8) conference play-in winners

4A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 10 power ranked games. Based on region standings, the top team in each region will earn an automatic bid at minimum to host a game in the conference 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.

  • 4A: Teams ranked Nos. 1-8, and eight (8) conference play-in winners

3A (24-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 10 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 10 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 (14 total), and 10 at-large teams

2A (16-team bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 10 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 play-in tournament bracket): In order to qualify, a school must have played a minimum of 10 games. In 1A West and 1A East, the regular season champion and the champion of the region tournament will get the automatic bids to the conference play-in tournament. If this happens to be the same team, then the other qualifier from the region will be the runner-up from the region tournament. In 1A Central, 1A North, 1A South and 1A Tucson, the regular season region champion and second place finisher based on region standings will make up the two qualifiers. All region champions will be guaranteed a top-eight seed in the play-in tournament, and teams will be reseeded for the state tournament according to final rankings. The state tournament bracket will consist of three rounds and will be single elimination.

  • 1A: 12 automatic bids and four (4) at-large qualifiers based on the AIA rankings powered by MaxPreps for the play-in tournament. The designated region champion, as determined by each region, will be guaranteed a top-eight seed in the play-in tournament and seeded according to AIA rankings. Following the play-in tournament, teams will be re-seeded according to AIA rankings.