Many basketball purists believe that the sport's real season isn't until tournament time. Well, the TSSAA's version of March Madness is here as high school basketball's second season begins tonight with district tournament action at locations all over Nashville.
Some districts are having all of their tournament games played at one gym, while in other districts, higher seeded schools will host lower seeds in the first rounds. The top four finishers in district tournament play will advance to next Monday's regional tournaments enroute to the TSSAA state championships in Murfreesboro.
For reference, the girls' state finals' tournament games run from March 7-10, with the boys' state final run slated March 14-17.
Division II's Middle region play kicks off this afternoon at tournament host University School's Edgehill Ave. campus. Middle Tennessee Christian's girls take on Father Ryan at 4 p.m. The boys' action begins at 5:30, when Father Ryan plays MTCS.
The 7 p.m. tilt features St. Cecilia's girls versus BGA, followed by Brentwood Academy's boys with 7-footer David Harrison playing St. Andrew's-Sewanee at 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday's action at University School begins at 6:30 p.m. when Brentwood Academy's girls take on the host USN Lady Tigers. An 8 p.m. boys game finds host USN against Battle Ground Academy.
On Thursday, the girls start things off at 4 p.m. when Harpeth Hall takes on Tuesday's Brentwood Academy/USN winner. Montgomery Bell Academy's boys play at 5:30 p.m. versus Tuesday's BGA/USN winner.
At 7 p.m., the girls' winners from Monday's Father Ryan/MTCS and St.Cecilia/BGA games meet in bracket play. Following at 8:30 p.m. is a boys' winner's bracket match up from Monday's Father Ryan/MTCS and Brentwood Academy/St. Andrews-Sewanee games.
The consolation and championship games are Friday at University School, commencing at 4 p.m.
In District 9-A, the first-round games are being held at individual higher-seeded schools' gyms. There are just two 6 p.m. games on tap tonight, as East Literature's girls visit Goodpasture and Lighthouse Christian's girls visit Franklin Road Academy.
Tomorrow night, the remainder of District 9-A's teams go into action. Ezell-Harding's top-seeded and state-ranked boys