Josh Moore

Basketball: Sweet Sixteen tournament pairings revealed

LCA's Kyle Rode (22), Trevor Hill (10), Tre King (23) defended the basket from Newport Central Catholic's Trent Wrobleski (24) in the second quarter of the All "A" Classic First round boys basketball game between Newport Central Catholic and LCA at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky, on Jan. 28, 2016. Newport Central Catholic beat LCA 69-48.
LCA's Kyle Rode (22), Trevor Hill (10), Tre King (23) defended the basket from Newport Central Catholic's Trent Wrobleski (24) in the second quarter of the All "A" Classic First round boys basketball game between Newport Central Catholic and LCA at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky, on Jan. 28, 2016. Newport Central Catholic beat LCA 69-48. palcala@herald-leader.com

The pairings for the boys’ and girls’ Sweet Sixteen tournaments were drawn by the KHSAA on Thursday.

In an effort to help alleviate travel for schools, game times determined later Thursday afternoon after the pairings were revealed.

The 55th girls’ Sweet Sixteen is scheduled for March 9-13 at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights. It is the first time a basketball state champion will be determined in northern Kentucky. The girls’ tournament had been held at WKU’s E.A. Diddle Arena since 2001.

The 99th boys’ Sweet Sixteen will be held March 16-20 at Rupp Arena. The boys’ tournament has taken place at Rupp since 1995.

Here are the pairings, in bracket order:

Boys

First round, upper bracket (March 16): Region 14 vs. Region 1, noon; Region 7 vs. Region 9, 1:30 p.m.; Region 11 vs. Region 12, 8 p.m.; Region 4 vs. Region 16, 6:30 p.m.

First round, lower bracket (March 17): Region 15 vs. Region 6, noon; Region 10 vs. Region 5, 6:30 p.m.; Region 13 vs. Region 2, 1:30 p.m.; Region 8 vs. Region 3, 8 p.m.

Quarterfinals (March 18): First-round winners, noon, 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Semifinals (March 19): Quarterfinals winners, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Finals (March 20): Semifinals winners, 2 p.m.

Girls

First round, upper bracket (March 9): Region 8 vs. Region 10, noon; Region 15 vs. Region 11, 1:30 p.m.; Region 9 vs. Region 16, 8 p.m.; Region 12 vs. Region 14, noon

First round, lower bracket (March 10): Region 3 vs. Region 13, 8 p.m.; Region 1 vs. Region 7, noon; Region 6 vs. Region 4, 1:30 p.m.; Region 5 vs. Region 2, 6:30 p.m.

Quarterfinals (March 11): First-round winners, noon, 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Semifinals (March 12): Quarterfinals winners, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Finals (March 13): Semifinals winners, 2 p.m.

Josh Moore: 859-231-1307, @HLpreps

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