What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 13, 2023: Trib HSSN to reveal basketball playoff brackets
Sunday, February 12, 2023 | 9:02 PM
The week begins with a bang with the WPIAL spotlight shining bright on basketball bracketology.
The district will release the brackets for the upcoming WPIAL boys and girls basketball playoffs.
Whether your favorite school is in a classification with first-round byes or preliminary-round contests prior to the opening round, you can find out the matchups first by logging in to the 2023 WPIAL Basketball Playoff Pairings Show at 3 p.m., only on Trib HSSN.
Host Don Rebel will unveil the brackets in each class, followed by analysis with Trib staff writer Chris Harlan.
While the hoops postseason begins this weekend, there is a change to the format with the WPIAL returning to a play-back system rather than the follow-the-winner system to determine some of the PIAA basketball playoff representatives from District 7.
The top four spots will be determined by the follow-the-winner system in which the champion is first, runner-up is second, the semifinalist that lost to the champion is third and the semifinalist that lost to the runner-up is fourth.
However if a class has five, six, seven or eight WPIAL teams advancing to the PIAA playoffs, those slots will be determined by play-back games involving the four quarterfinals losers.
The numbers of WPIAL teams that will qualify for the state playoffs are:
Boys 6A – 3
Boys and Girls 5A – 7
Boys 4A – 7
Boys and Girls 3A – 7
Boys 2A – 7
Boys and Girls A – 5
Girls 6A – 4
Girls 4A – 6
Girls 2A – 8
The defending WPIAL boys basketball champions are Fox Chapel (6A now in 5A), Laurel Highlands (5A now in 4A), Quaker Valley (4A), Shady Side Academy (3A), Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (2A now in 3A) and Bishop Canevin (A now in 2A).
Girls hoops finales
While most WPIAL girls basketball regular seasons have already ended, some will conclude with nonsection games Monday.
Three district playoff teams are scheduled to play teams out of district:
Other contests Monday involving two WPIAL playoff-bound girls teams include:
• Beaver (13-7) from 4A at Pine-Richland (10-11) from 6A
• Knoch (14-7) from 4A goes to Laurel (19-2) from 3A
Boys basketball curtain calls
On the final night of the District 7 boys basketball regular season, one of the standout contests pits the top District 7 team from 6A against one of the best Class A teams in the state from District 5.
Berlin-Brothersvalley visits New Castle in a game where the Mountaineers and Red Hurricanes have nearly 40 wins and only three losses.
Other Monday games involving WPIAL playoff-bound boys basketball teams going head-to-head include:
• Laurel from 2A takes on Neshannock from 3A
• Mars from 5A goes to Beaver from 4A
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