Class 3A Boys Basketball Sweet 16 Predictions
No upsets in the First Round in Class 3A should make for some great Games in the Sweet 16. Overall just looking at the bracket I think their should be some amazing games and Good Luck to all teams tonight.
Playoff Prediction Review: 6-2
Missed Colorado Academy over Alamosa, and Kent Denver over Brush
#1 St. Mary’s over #16 Kent Denver
Kent Denver moved into the sweet 16 with a 85 to 82 victory over Brush. This was a great game and Kent Denver was able to hold off a late rally by Brush to secure the 3-point victory. Kent Denver now must quickly refocus and get ready to try and shock the world. St. Mary’s enters the playoffs with a 13-0 record and winner of the Tri-Peaks League. St. Mary’s was dominate this season with only a handful of close games. St. Mary’s was dominate in their league title game against Manitou Springs winning by 21 points. This game could see triple digit scoring and both teams can score the basketball. I am going with St. Mary’s over Kent Denver. Winner of this game may have to break 100 or close to 100.
#8 Englewood over #9 Resurrection Christian
Resurrection Christian moved into the sweet 16 making quick work of DSST-Conservatory Green 65 to 35. Resurrection Christian was dominate in their game and had 4 players scoring in double digits. Resurrection Christian will have a much tougher game in the Sweet 16 and must be focused. Englewood enters the playoffs with a 13-1 record and winners of the 4A/3A Colorado League. Englewood lone loss is to St. Mary’s who is the #1 seed. Englewood has some pretty impressive wins over Aurora Central, Eagle Ridge Academy, Colorado Academy, and Kent Denver. This should be a great game and probably a high scoring game. Both teams average over 60 ppg. I am going with Englewood over Resurrection Christian. I think Englewood guards will be the difference in this game. I expect a great game and one of the many good games in the Class 3A Sweet 16.
#5 Centauri over #12 Colorado Academy
Colorado Academy moved into the Sweet 16 with a dominate win over Alamosa 57 to 24. Colorado Academy was able to jump out to a early lead and cruised to the victory over Alamosa. Colorado Academy clutch shooting could be a big problem going forward. Centauri enters the state tournament with a 12-1 record and winner of the Intermountain League. Centauri lone loss is to Alamosa when they faced each other later in the season. Centauri bounced back from that loss beating Sanford, Pagosa Springs, and Bayfield. Centauri must be able to score the basketball to avoid the upset. I am going with Centauri over Colorado Academy. Winner probably need around 70 points if not more. Both teams can shoot and run and I expect a break neck pace to this game. I am going with Centauri in this game. Home court advantage make the difference in this game.
#4 Manitou Springs over #13 Coal Ridge
Coal Ridge moved into the Sweet 16 with the close 44 to 42 victory over Buena Vista. Coal Ridge was able to hold off a late rally by Buena Vista and escape with the 2-point win. Coal Ridge had to scorers in double digits and now must refocus on their Sweet 16 game. Manitou Springs enters the playoffs with a 13-1 record and a second place finish in the Tri-Peaks League. Manitou Springs lone loss of the season is to St. Mary’s the #1 seed. I also heard Manitou Springs could have an injury to a key player and could make this a much closer game. I am going with Manitou Springs over Coal Ridge. Manitou Springs will need secondary scoring to really step up in this game and I think the height for Manitou Springs help them win this game. Coal Ridge played a tough schedule and will be ready to try and pull the upset.
#2 Lutheran over #15 Gunnison
Gunnison moved into the sweet 16 with the 69 to 59 victory over Salida. Gunnison picked up the rivalry playoff win over Salida and now look to knock off one of the top teams in the tournament. Lutheran enters the playoffs with a 12-1 record and winners of the Metro League. Lutheran lone loss of the season is to 5A Regis Jesuit. Lutheran played a tough schedule with lots of games against playoff teams. Lutheran will be battle tested heading into their sweet 16 game. I am going with Lutheran over Gunnison. I think the size and speed of Lutheran will be to much for Gunnison to handle. Gunnison could keep it close with their scrappiness but I think Lutheran pulls away in the second half.
#7 Manual over #10 Highland
Highland moved into the sweet 16 with a solid victory over University 81 to 58. Highland outscored University in the 4th quarter 24 to 11 and was able to walk away with a hard-fought win. Highland now moves focus to a very athletic Manual team. Manual enters the playoffs with a 11-3 record and a third-place finish in the metro league. Manual 3 losses are to Far Northeast Warriors (5A), Sterling, and Lutheran. Manual vs Highland pits two very explosive offense on the court and I expect scores over 75 in this game. This is one of the better games in the sweet 16. I am going with Manual over Highland. I think Manual tougher schedule proves to be the difference but this will be high scoring and whoever is shooting hotter could be the difference.
#11 Faith Christian over #6 Aspen
Faith Christian moved into the Sweet 16 with the 66 to 43 victory over Strasburg. Faith Christian had a solid defensive performance allowing just 1 player from Strasburg over 10 points. Faith Christian will look to be upset minded when they make the trip to Aspen. Aspen enters the playoffs with a 12-1 record and second place finishers in the Western Slope. Aspen lone loss is to Coal Ridge by 10. Aspen ended the season on a 8 game winning streak. Aspen will be looking to avoid the upset and use home court to their advantage. I am going with Faith Christian to upset Aspen. I think Faith Christian played a tough schedule and I think have a bit more firepower than Aspen. Should be a good game.
#3 Sterling over #14 C.S Christian
C.S Christian moved into the Sweet 16 with a solid win over Pinnacle. C.S Christian had a great game plan defensively and executed that plan. C.S Christian proved throughout the season they can hang with anyone and now look to knock off the #3 seed. Sterling enters the playoffs with a 13-1 record and a first-place finish in the Patriot League. Sterling lone loss of the season came game one against Resurrection Christian. Since that loss Sterling found their grove picking up 6 playoffs wins. Sterling must be ready for a good defensive team and bring their suffocating defense as well. I am going with Sterling over C.S Christian. I expect a very close game and should come down to the 4th quarter.
Entire Playoff Bracket Prediction (Repost)