Some things to know going into Thursday’s start of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament at the Schottenstein Center:
- Columbus is excited to celebrate the 90th year of the boys state high school basketball tournament with all but nine having been in Columbus and the tournament moving into the Schottenstein Center in 1999.
- Overall, Columbus is proud to host 19 state tournaments each year and we believe that is one of the highest numbers in the country for one city
- Two schools from Central Ohio are still in contention for the state title with No. 9 Columbus Africentric (22-3) in Division IV and No. 4 Pickerington Central (24-2) in Division I each playing in the semifinals. Africentric’s game is Thursday at 10:45 a.m. and Pickerington’s game is Friday at 8:30 p.m.
- The Boys Tournament will also feature an intriguing semifinal rematch of the Girls Tournament Division IV championship when Berlin Hiland (25-1) will take on Arlington (23-3). Arlington defeated Berlin Hiland 52-37 to win the Girls state title.
2012 State Tournament Information
Tickets can be purchased in person at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores), by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by going on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. If ordering on-line, type ‘OHSAA’ in the search area for a quick link to tournament tickets. Ticketmaster orders will also include applicable service charges.
To avoid service charges, tickets can be purchased in person in Columbus at the OSU Athletic Ticket Office, located in the southeast corner of the Schottenstein Center with office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.