Owatonna and Farmington meet for the Section 1-4A boys basketball championship Friday, March 18 at 6 pm at the Mayo Civic Center Arena in Rochester. The winner advances to the MSHSL state tournament which opens on Tuesday, March 22 at Target Center.

Radio coverage begins at 5:40 pm on AM 1390 KRFO/94.7 FM & the KRFO AM mobile app

This is the third straight year that Owatonna and Farmington have intersected in the section tournament, but only the second time they will actually play. In 2021 Farmington was forced to forfeit to the Huskies in the semifinals due to COVID. OHS then went to Lakeville South and won the section title, their seventh crown.

Owatonna (No. 6 ranking in Minnesota Basketball News, 26-2 overall record) is on a 20-game winning streak. Their last loss was January 8 to Park Cottage Grove 58-52 in overtime in the Hoops Challenge at Kasson-Mantorville High School. The Huskies average 74 points per game and give up 53. See their full schedule.

Farmington (No. 8, 21-7 overall) has won six straight. Their last loss was against Shakopee 81-58 on February 18. The Tigers also average 74 points per game while allowing 59. See their full schedule.

Planning to go to Friday's game? Here's what you need to know.

Projected OHS starting lineup:

  • Ty Creger, 6-1 senior
  • Brayden Williams, 6-2 senior
  • Nick Williams, 6-2 senior
  • Blake Burmeister, 6-1 junior
  • Evan Dushek, 6-8 senior

Top five scorers for Farmington:

  • Kyle Hrncir, 6-5 senior, 21 points per game (ppg)
  • Sam Hoffman, 6-3 senior, 14 ppg
  • Brendan Ebel, 6-3 senior, 10 ppg
  • Baiden Bean, 6-1 junior, 9 ppg
  • Connor Todd, 6-2 junior, 4 ppg

Last five head-to-head meetings:

  • 2013-14 regular season: Farmington 49-35
  • 2014-15 regular season: Farmington 72-67, double-overtime
  • 2015-16 regular season: Farmington 62-46
  • 2019-20 section tournament: Owatonna 74-71
  • 2020-21 section tournament: Owatonna 2-0 forfeit

Random numbers/notes:

  • Record vs. ranked teams: OHS 9-1, Farmington 5-5
  • Games vs. 4A teams: OHS 13, Farmington 27
  • Games vs. 3A teams: OHS 14, Farmington 1
  • High score of the season: OHS 101 (Faribault), Farmington 112 (Burnsville)
  • Least points allowed: OHS 37 (Red Wing), Farmington 28 (New Prague)
  • Seniors on the roster: OHS 10, Farmington 8
  • MSHSL enrollment: OHS 1,374, Farmington 2,104
  • Population (as of 2019): Owatonna 25,685, Farmington 22,869

State Tournament history:
Owatonna (seven trips)

  • 1924
  • 1989, AA state champion
  • 1990, AA state champion
  • 1991
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2021

Farmington (one time)

  • 1937

Owatonna has played just one South Suburban Conference team this season, beating Lakeville North 83-66 in the section semifinals Saturday.

Farmington has played two Big Nine Conference teams, beating Rochester Century 84-60 in their season opener and Rochester JM 80-53 in the quarterfinal round of sections.

The Huskies won the Big Nine Conference title this season.

  • OHS 22-0
  • Mankato West 16-6
  • Mankato East 15-7
  • Winona 13-9
  • Austin 13-9
  • Northfield 12-10
  • Red Wing 12-10
  • Century 12-10
  • Mayo 10-12
  • JM 5-17
  • Faribault 2-20
  • Albert Lea 0-22

The Tigers finished second in the South Suburban Conference.

  • Shakopee 16-2
  • Farmington 15-2
  • Eastview 13-5
  • Lakeville North 12-6
  • Lakeville South 10-8
  • Rosemount 10-8
  • Prior Lake 7-11
  • Eagan 13-5
  • Apple Valley 2-16
  • Burnsville 2-16

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