Boys Basketball 1st and 2nd Round Predictions and Great 8 Projections Class 3A
Some very good games in the first and second rounds. The right to play in the Great 8 and at Hamilton gym are on the line.
Lutheran picked up the huge upset of Manual to win the Metro League. Lutheran was rewarded with the #1 seed but did not draw an easy Quadrant. Lutheran awaits the winner of St. Mary’s and Roaring Fork. Both teams have proven they can play with anyone, but I am still picking Lutheran to advance to the Great 8.
Pick: Kent Denver
The higher seeds in the first round will be challenged. DSST-Stapleton faces Pagosa Springs and Kent Denver faces DSST-Byers. Both teams can push the higher seeds, but I expect a DSST-Stapleton vs Kent Denver round 2. I am going with Kent Denver in that game especially since Kent Denver pulled a nice upset win over Faith Christian.
Delta vs Faith Christian could be the best game of the second round. Delta must first get by the defending state champion in Bayfield, but I think they do. Faith Christian also must contend with Eaton, but I see Delta vs Faith Christian in the second-round game. I think Delta gets by Faith Christian, but this game could go either way. A lot of upset happen in the #5 vs #12 matchup!
This is the lone District Championship rematch. Vanguard and C.S Christian are on a collision course to meet in the second round. I think Vanguard gets by them again but playing a team for the third time will be tough on Vanguard.
Sterling is hoping to make a push for a State Title. In their way will be the winner of the Platte Valley vs Alamosa game. I keep thinking Alamosa cannot make a push for a Great 8 berth, but they keep surprising me. I think they beat Platte Valley, but I think Sterling is to much and advance to the Great 8.
A great rematch is on the line if Centauri and Montezuma-Cortez meet up in the second round. Centauri has a tough game with University, but I think the Falcons advance. Montezuma-Cortez has some momentum winning the intermountain championship, but I think Centauri pulls the upset to advance to the great 8.
Pick: Resurrection Christian
Coal Ridge vs Resurrection Christian in the second round could be a great matchup. Coal Ridge finished third in the Western Slope. Resurrection Christian finished second in the Patriot League. I think Resurrection Christian is playing good basketball right now, but Coal Ridge is also playing good basketball. I am going with Resurrection Christian, but I expect a good game.
Manual I think is the favorite to win this Quadrant. Manual has been tough to stop this year and I don’t think Colorado Academy or Lamar can contend with Manual. I have Manual advancing to the Great 8.
Great 8 State Tournament Bracket
The Bracket is not rearranged after the first two round and is continued. With that said here is my Great 8 Projections
#1 Lutheran vs #9 Kent Denver
#4 Delta vs #5 Vanguard
#2 Sterling vs #10 Centauri
#3 Manual vs #11 Resurrection Christian