This Sectional is ridiculous. The WIAA again shows it has little to do on getting the best teams to state with potentially 3 teams capable of getting to state in this section and than more than likely playing Hamilton to get to state. The WIAA needs fresh blood in it.
Having said that it is a shame that King and BC should meet this early. But King has no size. They do have a great high school coach though. But the talent gap this year is to wide for king. BC top 4 are to much for any team in this state. I see no way King wins this game unless someone on BC gets into foul trouble. Two great programs and teams deserve a better stage than a Sectional.
Although I understand your concerns - I have softened my stance on this for several reasons and after taking repeated "hits" when discussing this on forums like this.
I personally LOVED the Division 1 Quarterfinal round in Madison. My preference would have been for the WIAA to be able to keep the 8-4-4-4-4 format somehow. The disparity in the number of STUDENTS represented (not number of schools) by the Div. 1 schools is such that I think it justifies more teams at State. But that is for another tired, old, drawn out debate - not here.
Just from a basketball fan point of view - imagine the talent and intensity that quarterfinal round would bring - Central or King vs. Hamilton or Case, Germantown vs. Bay Port or De Pere, Madison Memorial vs. Beloit or Mukwonago. I think state basketball fans outside of Milwaukee who might never get to see Riley LaChance at the State tournament or may only get to see Kevon Looney once (as a sophomore I think) really lose out.
That being said - other sectionals could make similar arguments: Bay Port, DePere, Homestead and Kettle Moraine (all ranked in the Top 10 I believe at some point this year) will most likely not get to make a trip to Madison for a while as long as Germantown is in that sectional. And I am sure there are very talented players on Div. 2 and 3 and 4 teams that we woud love to see in Madison that will not make it.
Also - I think with the proliferation of summer ball and the growing socio-economic influence in youth basketball and traveling teams (let's face it - now you need money to get a kid the opportunities to really develop) the quality of players and teams outside of Milwaukee has improved while Milwaukee city schools programs are less organized with poorer facilities and student populations that move from school to school. Quite simply - the Milwaukee area just does not have the best teams anymore.
As an MPS grad, resident of Milwaukee, and fan of southeast Wisconsin basketball I have adjusted my "fan approach" to this time of year. My State Tournament is really March 6th and 8th - where I will get to see 4 or maybe 5 of the State Div. 1 Top 10 teams at Oak Creek High School or West Allis Central High School for the Sectional Semi-finals and Finals.
Then if I do go to Madison - it will be for Session 5 - the Div. 1 Semi-finals. I will simply purchase a ticket outside from someone and slide down to the lower level. That way I get what I am looking for and the WIAA gets what it is looking for.
Miltown Hoops Fan
Was I the only one cheering for South Bend Central in the Indiana State Championship game on "Hoosiers"?