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2024 AIA Boys Basketball Open State Championship bracket released

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With the regular season officially wrapped up, AIA released the Boys Basketball Open State Championship bracket on Saturday.

Matchups

The first-round matchups are as follows:

  • No. 32 seed Willow Canyon at No. 1 seed Perry on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST
  • No. 31 seed Liberty at No. 2 seed Notre Dame Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 30 seed Cienega at No. 3 seed Sunnyslope on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 29 seed Mica Mountain at No. 4 seed Basha on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 28 seed Thunderbird at No. 5 seed Desert Mountain on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 27 seed Higley at No. 6 seed Millennium on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 26 seed Mesa at No. 7 seed St. Mary’s on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 25 seed Desert Vista at No. 8 seed Boulder Creek on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 24 seed Prescott at No. 9 seed Brophy College Prep on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 23 seed Hamilton at No. 10 seed Ironwood on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 22 seed Dysart at No. 11 seed ALA – Gilbert North on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 21 seed Canyon View at No. 12 seed Cesar Chavez on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 20 seed Pinnacle at No. 13 seed Mesquite on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 19 seed Casteel at No. 14 seed Tucson on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 18 seed Sandra Day O’Connor at No. 15 seed Highland on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.
  • No. 17 seed Sahuaro at No. 16 seed Deer Valley on Wednesday, Feb. 14 @ 7 p.m. MST.

 

High-level competition

Unlike last year when the Perry Pumas (19-6) were overwhelming favorites, this year is much more open.

While the Pumas still stand as the No. 1 seed heading into the postseason, there are a handful of teams who have a real shot at becoming state champions this year.

One team that is steaming hot heading into the playoffs is the Millennium Tigers (21-4). The Tigers have defeated two top-five-ranked teams in just the last week in Desert Mountain and Notre Dame Prep.

This will be a thrilling bracket between the state’s most dominant teams for the second-annual Open State title. As always, only one team can come out victorious and be claimed as Arizona’s best high school basketball team.

 

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Saleh Awwad is a writer/reporter covering the Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix High School Sports, and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @SalehAwwad_

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