Although there is no official national high school basketball championship tournament, the GEICO Nationals are as close to the NCAA Tournament as we can get.
For the second straight year, the high school boys and girls tournament will take place in Fort Myers at Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Because of coronavirus restrictions in New York last year, the tournament was moved to Florida SouthWestern State College, where the City of Palms Classic is played in December.
Boys Basketball: GEICO Nationals returning to Fort Myers for second consecutive year
Eight of the top boys and five of the top girls' teams from across the nation will descend for three days of play to crown mythical national champions by April 2.
Last season, Montverde took down Sunrise Christian in the championship game, 62-52. On the girls' side, Westlake (Ga.) 70 beat Paul VI (Va.) 50.
Here is how you can catch this year's action:
Where and when are the Geico Nationals?
Where: Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Florida SouthWestern State College, Fort Myers
When: Thursday, March 31-Saturday, April 2
Game schedule and how to watch the games?
10 a.m.: 5. IMG vs. 4. Bishop McNamara (Md.)
Noon: 5. Oak Hill (Va.) vs. 4. Link Academy (Mo.)
2 p.m.: 6. AZ Compass vs. 3. Montverde
4 p.m.: 7. La Lumiere (Ind.) vs. 2. IMG
6 p.m.: 8. Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. 1. Sunrise Christian (Kan.)
10:30 a.m.: 3. Montverde vs. 2. DME Academy
12:30 a.m.: 1. New Hope (Md.) vs. IMG/Bishop McNamara
TV: ESPN 2
2:30 p.m.: AZ Compass/Montverde vs. La Lumiere/IMG
4:30 p.m.: Oak Hill/Link Academy vs. Prolific Prep/Sunrise Christian
TV: ESPN 2
10 a.m.: Girls Championship
Noon: Boys Championship
How can I buy tickets to go in person?
All ticket transactions will be cashless and must be purchased online
Price: $10 for general admission
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: How to watch the GEICO Nationals high school basketball championships