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LOUISVILLE - The revamped Boys’ Louisville Invitational Tournament will start tonight with a new format and only one team from outside of Jefferson County - the Bullitt East Chargers.
This will be the fourth trip to the LIT for the Chargers, but the first time that they will be there on equal footing with all the other teams. The three previous trips all had Bullitt East as one of the four ‘invited’ teams.
This is the first season in which the Chargers became part of the pool of teams eligible for the tournament from the Sixth and Seventh Regions.
In fact, the Boys’ LIT did away with the invited teams this year, instead opting for a tournament with the top 20 teams from the Sixth and Seventh Regions based on the new SETH rankings which replaced the old Litkenhous ratings which were used to seed the teams.
Under the SETH rankings, Bullitt East has the number nine seed and will face eighth-seeded Pleasure Ridge Park in a game on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Bellarmine University. The winner of that game will play Ballard on Friday.
The first round foe works out just fine as the Chargers and Panthers have never been able to work out a regular season meeting. PRP is ranked second in the Sixth Region in the SETH rankings, just behind Iroquois (those two teams are reversed in the Litkenhous standings). Bullitt East is third in both rating systems and lost to Iroquois last week.
“We need to see them if we are fortunate enough to reach the regional tournament,” Bullitt East head coach Troy Barr said of getting a game against PRP. “It also helps to get some games on the regional floor (the Sixth Region tournament will be played at Bellarmine in March).”
Barr knew that his team had played well enough to earn the invitation to play in the LIT this season, but he was a little surprised at the high seed.
The final for the LIT will be played at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Bellarmine.
Lady Chargers in LIT
The Bullitt East Lady Chargers also earned a bid to the Girls’ LIT which will be played January 26-30.
Read more on this event as it gets closer.