Changes coming to high school state playoffs; Greenville to host regional hoops again


CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is making some major changes to the postseason process. It was also announced the high school basketball regionals will return to Greenville for the first time since 2010.

The News & Observer in Raleigh reports the NCHSAA will make the state playoff moves in the wake of Trask, a team that finished its season 8-3, not getting a state playoff berth. Meanwhile, a team with a 3-7 record (James Kenan) and a 3-8 record (South Robeson, which got a first-round bye) along with another that was 1-10 (South Caldwell) in a split conference made the postseason.

The newspaper reports there will now be wild-card selections based on conference finish. The seeding process, which involves MaxPreps, will largely remain the same with the teams that didn't earn automatic bids, like Trask, possibly earning a wild card.

Margin of victory will no longer be used to seed the postseason.

The other big news the newspaper reported was the East finals of the state high school basketball playoffs will return to Greenville. Minges Coliseum and J.H. Rose hosted regional semifinals and finals for years before they were moved to Fayetteville. The games leading up to the regional finals will continue to be played at higher seeded sites based on how the state playoffs are set up.