State Tournament Projections Class 2A and Class 1A
I will release Class 3A tomorrow. These are my playoff projections for Class 2A and 1A using my regional projections. Of course, things continue to change, and District Tournament determine if some teams even make it to regionals.
Holly will have to contend with the winner of John Mall and Sargent. Sargent has proven they can hang with anyone and they do have some size to matchup well with Holly. John Mall has also played well this year. Holly will be challenged but should walk away with a berth.
The clash between Fowler and Vail Christian should be a good game. I am going with Fowler they are battle tested and should advance past Vail Christian.
People probably won’t agree with this pick but the travel to the SLV plus the environment of the Sanford gym will be a huge advantage for Sanford. Sanford vs Denver Christian in the regional’s finals may be the best game in the 2A Regional bracket!
Byers vs Del Norte in the regional’s finals will be another great game. Byers though is battle tested with a huge win against Limon.
Yuma has proven they are one of the best teams in 2A. They will have to deal with the winner of Peyton vs Dayspring Christian. Yuma will be the huge favorite but I expect Peyton or Dayspring Christian to push Yuma.
Mancos still has not broken away for their District and now play Limon who is one of the more talented teams. Limon I think can win this game and advance.
Simla would have to upset Peyton first to win the District but they have proven they can play with anyone. Simla more than likely would have to beat a solid heritage Christian team to advance to State.
No one has really touched Highland in 2019 and I think that continues. Highland is one of the better teams in 2A and a game against Rocky Ford would be a test but Highland is very high powered on offense.
State Tournament Bracket (Class 2A)
I am seeding the state tournament with the most current RPI and using my picks it would look like this:
#1 Holly vs #8 Simla
#4 Highland vs #5 Limon
#3 Fowler vs #6 Byers
#2 Yuma vs #7 Sanford
Pick: De Beque
De Beque is my favorite right now to win the State Tournament and are playing most consistent basketball.
Pick: Evangelical Christian
Evangelical Christian vs Ouray will be a great matchup and is a hard matchup to pick. I am going ECA in a good game over Ouray.
Pick: Cornerstone Christian
The winner between Longmont Christian and Haxtun will give Cornerstone Christian all they can handle. Both teams have proven that they can hang with top opponents. Haxtun vs Cornerstone Christian puts the #1 regional seed on upset alert.
Arickaree/Woodlin would have to get by Prairie first which is no easy feat. I do think that the winner of this game can beat or give Mile High Academy all they can handle.
Front Range Baptist is the higher seed, but I think Peetz could have some magic left and make a run for the tournament. Peetz continues to improve week in and week out and I think they can beat Front Range Baptist.
Pick: Sangre De Cristo
Sangre De Cristo is another team I think can make a run for a State title. McClave and Kim/Branson will push Sangre De Cristo, but I think Sangre could be peaking at just the right time.
Walsh has the talent to make a run for a tournament berth, but Kit Carson will be their big test. Kit Carson should get by Creede but Creede is playing better basketball. Walsh will have to contend with a good shooting Kit Carson team to advance.
Cheraw vs Springfield is a rematch from earlier in the year. Should be a great matchup but I think the length of Cheraw will cause problems for teams.
State Tournament Bracket
I am using RPI to seed the Bracket.
#1 Cornerstone Christian vs #8 Evangelical Christian
#4 Walsh vs #5 Cheraw
#3 Sangre De Cristo vs #6 Peetz
#2 De Beque vs #7 Arickaree/Woodlin