LEXINGTON – The 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen will begin Wednesday afternoon at Rupp Arena when Buckhorn takes on Murray at noon. Fans can follow the action for all 15 games of the tournament by watching live video webcasts at KHSAA.tv or listening online at KHSAA.net.
Lawrence County is poised to compete in its first Boys’ Sweet Sixteen. The Bulldogs are slated to meet Doss in a first round game on Thursday.
The 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen marks just the fourth time in KHSAA history four schools have had both their boys’ and girls’ basketball teams advance to the state tournament in the same year – which Bowling Green, Murray, Mercer County and Owensboro Catholic achieved this year.
Four schools sent both their boys’ and girls’ teams to the Sweet Sixteen in 1977 (Owensboro, Taylor County, Laurel County and Ashland Blazer) and 1989 (Marshall County, Oldham County, George Rogers Clark and Clay County); while a state record five schools sent both their boys’ and girls’ teams to the state tournament in 1988 (Marshall County, Oldham County, Henry Clay, Clay County and Phelps).
All 15 games of the 2016 Boys’ Sweet Sixteen will be streamed live at KHSAA.tv through the NFHS Network, which is a subscription based service. Subscription plans for the NFHS Network include a day pass ($9.95), a monthly pass ($14.95) and an annual pass ($119.95).
These passes, with the daily pass priced less than the cost of admission to state championship contests, not only entitle the users to all Kentucky broadcasts, but all of the broadcasts from the more than 40 participating state associations. To subscribe to the NFHS Network, visit: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail
A free audio-only feed of the games will also be available online through KHSAA.net and Mixlr (http://mixlr.com/khsaa/), which has a corresponding app available for iOS and Android devices. In addition, a list of affiliate stations carrying the Kentucky Utilities/KHSAA Sweet Sixteen Radio Network broadcast can be found at the following link:
The official championship program for the 2016 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen can be viewed at: http://khsaa.org/Publications/Programs/20152016/BoysBasketball/issue1/index.html
Fans interested in purchasing tickets to the Boys’ Sweet Sixteen can do so at this link: http://goo.gl/08pLp0
BOYS’ SWEET SIXTEEN SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 16 (First Round)
Session 1 – noon ET
Buckhorn vs. Murray
Trinity (Louisville) vs. Newport Central Catholic
Session 2 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Bowling Green vs. Elliott County
Paul Laurence Dunbar vs. Mercer County
Thursday, March 17 (First Round)
Session 3 – noon. ET
Lawrence County vs. Doss
South Laurel vs. Christian County
Session 4 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Mason County vs. Taylor County
South Oldham vs. Owensboro Catholic
Friday, March 18 (Quarterfinals)
Session 5 – noon ET
Region 14/1 winner vs. Region 7/9 winner
Region 11/12 winner vs. Region 4/16 winner
Session 6 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Region 15/6 winner vs. Region 10/5 winner
Region 13/2 winner vs. Region 8/3 winner
Saturday, March 19 (Semifinals)
Session 7 – 6:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 20 (Finals)
Session 8 – 2 p.m. ET