Class 1A Boys Basketball State Tournament Predictions
We have reached the end of the road and for 8 teams it’s time to compete for the State Championship. Some great matchups in the first round and looking forward. I am going to give my prediction for the Great 8 and then I will move forward from there. I will try and give an update after each day during the State Tournament. Remember this is all in fun and I am not cheering against any teams! Good Luck to all teams this weekend! Also, we will be at the 1A State Tournament till around 3:30pm when we must head back to 2A for the rest of the evening. Looking forward to watching the earlier games in 1A.
#1 Sierra Grande over #8 Dove Creek
This is a rematch of 1/29 when Sierra Grande was able to beat Dove Creek 67-48. I expect this matchup to be much closer this time around especially with Dove Creek riding an upset of Belleview Christian in the regional finals. Sierra Grande should also have some good momentum with a solid 19-point win over Kim/Branson. I do think this will be closer this time around, but I am picking Sierra Grande over Dove Creek
#5 McClave over #4 Caprock Academy
No common opponents by these two teams make this a very interesting matchup. Caprock Academy was able to get a 5-point win over Denver Jewish Day in the Regional Final. Caprock Academy was very competitive in the 2A Western Slope. McClave had a great run to end the season including an upset of Granada. McClave defeated Wiley by 5 in the Regional Final. This was not an easy pick as usually a common opponent can give you some information. Both teams score around the same and both have top leading scorers. I think the difference comes with McClave scoring in many ways and not relying on just 1 scorer. This will be a great game.
#3 Granada over #6 Haxtun
My pick for best game of the Great 8. This is going to be a great matchup between two teams who could easily meet deeper in the tournament. These two teams also have no common opponents, and both played tough schedules. Granada and Haxtun also both have experience in the great 8 with both teams reaching it last season. Both teams also have multiple scorers and size. This game will come down to turnovers and who gets hot. This was not an easy pick but going with Granada over Haxtun in what I think is the best game in Class 1A Great 8.
#7 Merino over #2 Evangelical Christian
My upset pick for the Great 8 seed wise but on paper these two teams are very evenly matchup. These two teams have common opponents. Merino and ECA both lost to Simla, and both also defeated Genoa-Hugo in close games. This again is a great matchup with plenty of experience on both teams. Merino I think played a more difficult schedule playing against multiple 2A schools. If Merino can push this tempo, then I think they get by ECA. Looking forward to another great game.
#1 Sierra Grande over #5 McClave
This would be a great matchup in the semifinals. Both teams have the scoring, but McClave did play the tougher schedule. I do think Sierra Grande pressure defense makes a difference and they get by McClave in a great matchup.
#3 Granada over #7 Merino
Granada vs Merino could be another phenomenal matchup. Both teams have Final 4 experience from a year ago and both lost in the final 4 last year. Both teams feature top scorers, and the pace of this game could be breakneck. I think Granada gets by Merino, but this would be a great game.
#4 Caprock Academy over #8 Dove Creek
Caprock has defeated Dove Creek earlier this season by 20 and I expect it to be much closer this time around.
#6 Haxtun over #2 Evangelical Christian
Both teams will be coming off tough losses and it’s who bounces back after that lose. I think Haxtun can bounce back and have a shot at a Consolation Championship.
#1 Sierra Grande over #3 Granada
3rd Place Game
#7 Merino over #5 McClave
#6 Haxtun over #4 Caprock Academy