The afternoon sessions of the first three days of the girls’ state basketball tournament will be shorter this March. The evening sessions will be longer.
According to the IGHSAU, the schedule for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be as follows:
Afternoon session: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Evening session: 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.
In the old format, the fourth game of the day was played at 2:30 instead of 5:00.
The gap between sessions will be the same, but will come earlier. Had Troy Dannen still been the IGHSAU executive director, his underhand half-court shooting display would have been moved up 90 minutes each day. If he’s still launching the shots these days though, it’s happening at the McLeod Center.
The impact of the schedule change is minimal. It just means that you’ll no longer be able to see the entire 1A quarterfinals (Monday afternoon) or 4A quarterfinals (Wednesday afternoon) in one session.
The change I’m in favor of: Fewer TV timeouts during the finals. Those 2A and 4A finals are killers on deadline.