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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Different Perspectives

Here's a couple notes on how other states do their prep basketball tournaments.
Both Indiana and Illinois seed their March Madness draws (a concept Burney is highly in favor of). Kentucky is the only state left in the U.S. that still has a one-class, all-inclusive tourney. The Hoosier State used to, but discontinued its statewide Cage Battle Royal in the late 1990s (at the conclusion of its four class tourneys, though they have an additional final four of sorts where the four different state champs square off). Indiana also interestingly plays all of its post-district rounds in one-day increments (i.e. both regional rounds go off in the same 12 hours, with each regional semi being played in the morning and early afternoon and then the finale that about exhausting!!). Illinois' equivalent to the final four at Breslin is called "Down State" and equates to the IHSAA's Elite 8 at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Ilinois. All eight teams that go "Down State" represent different regions and leagues in the state (i.e. the winner of the Catholic League Playoffs and PSL playoffs go to the quarterfinals, their league tourneys are also the state tourney). Food for thought. Burney has experienced March Madness in both Indiana and Illinois and I have to say they're each pretty awesome in their own right!!


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