Did somebody say something about bracketology?
For those who love district high school basketball, Valentine’s Day comes two days early with the release of the 2024 WPIAL playoff brackets.
There are 87 boys basketball teams in the postseason field, with 17 teams qualifying in Class 5A, 16 schools in 4A, 3A and 2A, 14 in A and eight in 6A.
The girls basketball playoff field consists of 81 teams, with 17 in 5A, 16 each in 3A and 2A, 12 in 4A and A and eight in 6A.
Some of the more intriguing questions will be who is No. 2 in boys 6A? Who will be the top seed in girls 6A? How will the committee seed the top eight teams in boys 3A?
The guesswork ends Monday as we run through the brackets during the WPIAL Basketball Playoff Pairings Show at 2 p.m. on Trib HSSN.
Curtain falls on boys basketball regular season
Even though teams will know their postseason path by tip-off Monday night, there are 21 boys basketball nonsection games scheduled for the final night of the regular season.
A dozen of those contests pit playoff-bound teams against each other in one final tip-off before the postseason.
The Tigers are expected to be No. 1 in the Class 5A bracket after winning a tough Section 4 with a perfect 10-0 record.
Moon has won six straight games and has been victorious in 17 of its last 18 games.
The Blue Devils will be No. 1 in the Class 6A bracket after winning Section 2 by one game over rival Upper St. Clair with a 9-1 record.
Mt. Lebanon also has six straight wins and has won 10 of its last 12 contests.
The other postseason tune-up games are:
Girls basketball season finales
There are also 21 district girls basketball regular season finales Monday.
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Only seven feature playoff-bound teams.
The Centurions and Indians are a combined 36-6 this season.
Peters was undefeated before falling to Canon-McMillan on Friday after victories in its first 20 games.
The other playoff-bound clashes include: