3A Boys Basketball Top Ten Breakdown

Boys Basketball 1st and 2nd Round Predictions and Great 8 Projections Class 3A

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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.

Class 3A

Quadrant 1

Pick: Lutheran

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.

Quadrant 2

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.

Quadrant 3

Pick: Delta

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!

Quadrant 4

Pick: Vanguard

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.

Quadrant 5

Pick: Sterling

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.

Quadrant 6

Pick: Centauri

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.

Quadrant 7

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.

Quadrant 8

Pick: Manual

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

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