The Times file photo by Aaron Snyder
Noblesville’s Xavier Hines drives the lane against a Zionsville defender when the Millers took on the Eagles earlier this season. Hines and the Millers drew a bye in the first round of sectional play and will take on the winner of the HSE-Westfield game. HSE will play Westfield on Tuesday, Feb. 26, and the Millers will play the winner of that game on Friday, March 1.
The Times file photo by Aaron Snyder Noblesville’s Xavier Hines drives the lane against a Zionsville defender when the Millers took on the Eagles earlier this season. Hines and the Millers drew a bye in the first round of sectional play and will take on the winner of the HSE-Westfield game. HSE will play Westfield on Tuesday, Feb. 26, and the Millers will play the winner of that game on Friday, March 1.

Four hundred teams were drawn on Sunday and placed into brackets for the 109th Annual IHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament presented by the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever. 

Sectional games are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, and run through Saturday, March 2, with the regional rounds slated for March 9 and semi states on March 16.

The four state championship games that makeup the state finals will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday, March 23.
The Noblesville Millers drew a bye in the first round and will play the winner the Hamilton Southeastern-Westfield game, which is set for Tuesday, Feb. 26. The Millers will play on Friday, March 1.

The Carmel Greyhounds also drew a bye in the first round and will take on the winner of the Fishers-Anderson game, which is set for Tuesday, Feb. 26. Carmel will play on Friday, March 1.

Hamilton Heights will take on Muncie Burris on Tuesday, Feb 26, in game one of the New Castle Sectional. That sectional is made up of Heights, Muncie Burris, New Castle, Blackford, and Class 3A’s top-ranked team, the Delta Eagles.

University High School will take on the Indiana School for the Deaf on Tuesday, Feb. 26, in game one of the University sectional. The winner of that game will play Bethesda Christian on Friday, March 1.

The Sheridan Blackhawks are the third Hamilton County team to draw a bye in the first round of sectionals. The Blackhawks are set to play the winner of the Monroe Central-Frankton game on Friday March 1. Monroe Central will play Frankton on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Defending 4A state champion Warren Central is this week’s top-ranked team in the single class poll from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association as well as the 4A poll from the Associated Press. The Warriors drew a bye into the Friday semifinal round of Sectional 10 at Lawrence North and will meet the Indianapolis Cathedral-Lawrence North winner.

Class 3A’s top-ranked team, the Delta Eagles, will take on Yorktown in the first round of Sectional 24 at New Castle.

In Class 2A, the No.1 Southwestern (Hanover) Rebels will meet Switzerland County in the first round in Sectional 45 at South Ripley.

The Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian Braves, the top-ranked team in the Class A poll, drew Lakeland Christian for their opening game in Sectional 52 at Fremont.

Among the other big winners from last year, the defending Class A champion Morristown Yellow Jackets will face Rising Sun in the Sectional 60 opener at Southwestern (Shelbyville). The Oak Hill Golden Eagles, last year’s Class 2A champ, drew a bye and will host the Wabash-North Miami winner in Sectional 37. And the Culver Academy Eagles, last year’s Class 3A winner, drew home-standing Jimtown for their first round game in Sectional 19. Greensburg’s (Class3A) seven consecutive sectional crowns currently leads the state and is followed by Homestead (4A), Marquette Catholic (2A), New Albany (4A), and Seton Catholic (A) with five straight titles.