Class 3A Boys Basketball Breakdown

Boys Basketball Class 3A State Tournament Projections/Predictions

OTSports Sterling vs Strasburg
Photos by Joe Skerjanec & OTSportsChek (Sterling vs Strasburg)

Boys Basketball Class 3A State Tournament Projections/Predictions

Just 4 weekends remain in the regular season and then League Tournament begin.  Class 3A is straight forward.  League Champions and Runner ups get Automatic Berths and the rest is selected by RPI.  We will lay out the Regional Projections and Pick the 8 teams we think will get to the Elite 8 played at DU. (Need more Class 3A pictures if you have any feel free to send them my way!)

Class 3A

With no Regional Tournament for Class 3A the teams are fighting for a Top 32 RPI or as stated below.

  • Seven District, each qualifying two teams to the state bracket, with the remaining 18 teams determined by RPI.
  • The qualifier advance to a 32-team regional/state bracket where the district champions if ranked in the Top 16 of the RPI plus the next highest RPI finisher will host regions.
  • The seven district champions, if ranked in the Top 16 of RPI and the 1st highest RPI qualifier will be placed on the bracket in order of 1-8. A district champion not ranked in the Top 16 of the final RPI will be placed on the bracket but, will not be a top 8 seed and will not host a region.  (If a district champion is not in the Top 16 RPI, then the next highest remaining RPI will host).  The committee may use the following criteria to seed the final pairing: Final RPI rankings, previous district match-ups, head to head competition, and common opponents.
  • Seeds 25-32 may be moved to accommodate geographical considerations.
  • The bracket will not be re-seeded going into the state tournament.
  • The state tournament shall feature a modified consolation bracket. Teams losing on Thursday will not advance to Friday.

League Champions ()=RPI

Confluence League: DSST-Byers (10)

Frontier: DSST-Montview (31) (Will Not host)

Intermountain: Centauri (2)

Metro: Lutheran (6)

Patriot: Resurrection Christian (1)

Tri Peaks: Vanguard (3)

Western Slope: Gunnison (13)

Will Host but not League Champions: Faith Christian (4), Sterling (5)

Automatic Qualifier

Englewood, Middle Park, Alamosa, Faith Christian, Sterling, Manitou Springs, Coal Ridge

At Large Teams

Eaton, Jefferson Academy, University, Aspen, Lamar, Ridge View Academy, St. Mary’s, Montezuma-Cortez, Strasburg, Fort Lupton, Manual, Atlas Prep, Pagosa Springs, DSST-Green Valley, Kent Denver, Machebeuf, Grand Valley, Colorado Academy,

First Four Out

Moffat County, Salida, C.S Christian, Ellicott

Top 8 seeds based on RPI:

#1 Resurrection Christian

#2 Centauri

#3 Vanguard

#4 Faith Christian

#5 Sterling

#6 Lutheran

#7 DSST-Byers

#8 Gunnison

Bracket: District Matchups will be avoided in first round and 24-32 can be moved due to geography.  I will not move teams due to geography this week and will look more into that next week. Also no consolation bracket will be played only Championship and 3rd place game.  The Bracket will not be reseeded after the first two rounds.

State Bracket

*#1 Resurrection Christian vs #32 Middle Park
#16 Aspen vs #17 Lamar


*#8 Gunnison vs #25 Kent Denver
#9 Manitou Springs vs #24 Manual


*#5 Sterling vs #28 Machebeuf
#12 Jefferson Academy vs #21 Strasburg


*#4 Faith Christian vs #29 Grand Valley
#13 University vs #20 Montezuma-Cortez


*#2 Centauri vs #31 DSST-Montview
#15 Englewood vs #18 Ridge View Academy


*#7 DSST-Byers vs #26 Pagosa Springs
#10 Eaton vs #23 Atlas Prep


*#6 Lutheran vs #27 DSST-Green Valley
#11 Coal Ridge vs #22 Fort Lupton


*#3 Vanguard vs #30 Colorado Academy
#14 Alamosa vs #19 St. Mary’s

*= Regional Host

Elite 8 Teams, Games Played at DU

I am just picking the 8 teams I think will qualify.  I will seed by the given rules next week.

Resurrection Christian



Faith Christian