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WIAA girls state tournament set to kick off at Kohl Center on Thursday morning

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Sixteen of the 20 teams participating in this week's WIAA state girls basketball tournament have been to the prep version of the Big Dance before. But, the returning player providing the biggest buzz is the dance floor itself.

For the first time since 2005, the girls tournament will be back at the Kohl Center, home of the University of Wisconsin basketball teams. Scheduling conflicts with the UW men's hockey team forced the girls tournament to play at the Dane County Coliseum the past four seasons. But the WIAA moved the event back two weeks in order to play at the state's showcase arena.

Several of the state's most prominent programs are back to compete on the big stage, including Cuba City, one of two undefeated teams in the field, and three-time defending Division 1 champion Milwaukee Vincent.

Vincent (23-2), which has never lost at the state tournament, is seeking to become the first girls team in WIAA history to win four consecutive titles.

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