The Gators, who finished 22-5 during the regular season, will open play at the Activity Center against No. 12 seed Phoenix Horizon. Xavier defeated Horizon 71-43 in the Highland Thanksgiving tournament on Nov. 24 in Gilbert.
The winner will advance to a quarterfinal game on Feb. 17 against the winner of a first-round game between No. 13 Phoenix Mountain Pointe and No. 4 Gilbert Highland.
6A Conference state basketball tournament
First round, Wednesday, Feb. 14. All games, 6:30 p.m.
(Seedings in parentheses)
Chandler High (16) at Goodyear Millennium (1), Tucson High (9) at Mesa Red Mountain (8), Phoenix Horizon (12) at Phoenix Xavier Prep (5), Phoenix Mountain Pointe (13) at Gilbert Highland (4), Mesa Dobson (14) at Gilbert High (3), Chandler Hamilton (11) at Scottsdale Desert Mountain (6), Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (10) at Phoenix Pinnacle (7), Phoenix North (15) at Surprise Valley Vista (2).