D-III Boys Basketball Postseason Preview

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Who is going to play for district, regional and state titles?

Who wins a district title? Who claims the regional championships? Who
makes the Final Four? Who wins the state title? Who is a wildcard?
What region is deepest? All the
answers are here…


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DIVISION III

Division III Tournament Breakdown:

 Here’s how we see it…

CANTON FIELDHOUSE REGIONAL: 
Districts: Salem High School, Wooster High School, Warren Howland High School, and Painesville Harvey High School

Salem High School District:

Teams we love: Akron Manchester and Youngstown Ursuline

Best 1st Round Match Up: Columbiana Crestview vs. Rootstown

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Akron Manchester vs. Canton Central Catholic, East Palestine vs. Campbell Memorial, Youngstown Ursuline vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, and Rootstown vs. Atwater Waterloo

District Championship Game Prediction: Youngstown Ursuline over Akron Manchester

Wooster High School District:

Teams we love: Jeromesville Hillsdale and West Salem Northwestern
Teams we want to like: Orrville and Creston Norwayne

Best 1st Round Match Up: Oberlin vs. Creston Norwayne

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Hillsdale vs. Columbia Station, Tuslaw vs. Orrville, Northwestern vs. Wooster Triway, and Smithville vs. Norwayne

District Championship Game Prediction: Orrville over Northwestern

Warren Howland High School District:

Teams we love: LaBrae
Teams we like: Newton Falls
Teams we want to like: Burton Berkshire and Youngstown Liberty

Best 1st Round Match Up: Burton Berkshire vs. Youngstown Liberty

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: LaBrae vs. Girard, Grand Valley vs. Lakeview, Garfield vs. Newton Falls, and Brookfield vs. Youngstown Liberty

District Championship Game Prediction: Newton Falls over LaBrae

Painesville Harvey High School District:

Teams we love: Cleveland VASJ and Cleveland Central Catholic
Teams we like: Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy
Teams we want to like: Wickliffe

Best 1st Round Match Up: Brooklyn vs. Kirtland

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Cleveland VASJ vs. Independence, CVCA vs. Kirtland, Wickliffe vs. Gilmour Academy, and Lutheran West vs. Cleveland CC

District Championship Game Prediction: Cleveland CC over Cleveland VASJ

Canton Regional Outlook:
This region has been dominated by Cleveland VASJ for the most part over the last 10 years and recently Cleveland CC has come to the forefront. Orrville advanced out of this region last year. Cleveland CC and Cleveland VASJ have the most talent in this region and will likely meet in the Harvey District championship game. It may be a stretch to take Orrville at Wooster with Hillsdale and Northwestern playing so well, but we’re going out on a limb. Youngstown Ursuline is a team flying under the radar and we look for them to make a deep run.

Regional Semis:
Youngstown Ursuline over Orrville and Cleveland CC over Newton Falls

Regional Finals:
Cleveland CC over Youngstown Ursuline

BOWLING GREEN REGIONAL:  
Districts: Mansfield Senior High School, Napoleon High School, Elida High School, and Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum 1

Mansfield Senior High School District:

Teams we like: Collins Western Reserve, Castalia Magaretta, and Ashland Crestview
Teams we want to like: Ontario, Galion, Colonel Crawford, and Woodmore

Best 1st Round Match Up: Ashland Crestview vs. Galion

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Ontario vs. Bucyrus, Margaretta vs. Woodmore, Gibsonburg vs. Western Reserve, and Colonel Crawford vs. Galion

District Championship Game Prediction: Western Reserve over Margaretta

Napoleon High School District:

Teams we love: Archbold
Teams we like: Paulding and Evergreen
Teams we want to like: Defiance Tinora

Best 1st Round Match Up: Hicksville vs. Sherwood Fairview

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Archbold vs. Hicksville, Delta vs. Otsego, Evergreen vs. Genoa Area, and Paulding vs. Tinora

District Championship Game Prediction: Archbold over Paulding

Elida High School District:

Teams we love: Lima Central Catholic
Teams we like: Ottawa-Glandorf
Teams we want to like: Delphos Jefferson, Elmwood, St. Henry, and Patrick Henry

Best 1st Round Match Up: Bluffton vs. St. Henry

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Ottawa-Glandorf vs. Liberty-Benton, Delphos Jefferson vs. St. Henry, Lima CC vs. Coldwater, and Patrick Henry vs. Elmwood

District Championship Game Prediction: Lima CC over Ottawa-Glandorf

Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum 1 District:

Teams we love: Bloom-Carroll and Columbus Africentric
Teams we want to like: Fredericktown

Best 1st Round Match Up: Centerburg vs. Grandview Heights

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Cardington-Lincoln vs. Columbus Africentric, Milford Center Fairbanks vs. Centerburg, Bloom-Carroll vs. Mount Gilead, and Fredericktown vs. West Jefferson

District Championship Game Prediction: Bloom-Carroll over Columbus Africentric

Bowling Green State University Regional Outlook: This is always a fun regional, but Division 3 in Northwest Ohio appears to be slightly down this year after a great run of top notch teams. This is not to say there aren’t very good teams in that area this year, but no super powers like in year’s past. We don’t feel real confident about picking a winner out of Mansfield, but Western Reserve has been good and consistent all year. Ontario is a team to keep an eye on in this region. We feel good about Archbold, Lima Central Catholic, and Columbus could go either way with Africentric and Bloom-Carroll (both are very talented teams). A couple teams to pay close attention to are Paulding, Galion, and St. Henry all have been flying under the radar and participate in good conferences.

Regional Semis:
Archbold over Western Reserve and Lima CC over Bloom-Carroll

Regional Finals:
Lima CC over Archbold

OHIO UNIVERSITY REGIONAL: 
Districts: Ohio University 2, New Philadelphia High School, Ohio University 3, and Ohio University 1

Ohio University 2 District:

Teams we love: Chesapeake
Teams we want to like: Piketon

Best 1st Round Match Up: Westfall vs. Frankfort Adena

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Chesapeake vs. Milford, Wellston vs. River Valley, Piketon vs. Westfall, and Chillicothe Southeastern vs. Albany Alexander

District Championship Game Prediction: Chesapeake over Piketon

New Philadelphia High School District:

Teams we love: Sugarcreek Garaway
Teams we want to like: St. Clairsville and Tuscarawas Valley
Teams we want to like: Ridgewood, West Muskingum, Fort Frye, Monroe Central, and Barnesville

Best 1st Round Match Up: West Muskingum vs. Fort Frye and Ridgewood vs. Barnesville

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Garaway vs. Newcomerstown, Monroe Central vs. West Muskingum, Tuscarawas Valley vs. Ridgewood, and Shenandoah vs. St. Clairsville

District Championship Game Prediction: Sugarcreek Garaway over Tuscarawas Valley

Ohio University 3 District:

Teams we love: Portsmouth

Best 1st Round Match Up: Belpre vs. Zane Trace

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Fairland vs. Zane Trace, Chillicothe Huntington vs. Sadinia Eastern Brown, Portsmouth vs. South Point, and McDermott Northwest vs. West Union

District Championship Game Prediction: Portsmouth over Eastern Brown

Ohio University 1 District:

Teams we love: Peebles and Ironton
Teams we want to like: Wheelersburg, Oak Hill, Meigs, and Lucasville Valley

Best 1st Round Match Up: Lynchburg Clay vs. North Adams

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Peebles vs. Lynchburg Clay, Wheelersburg vs. Lucasville Valley, Pomeroy Meigs vs. Nelsonville York, and Ironton vs. Oak Hill

District Championship Game Prediction: Peebles over Ironton

Regional Outlook: This is always one of our favorite regions as this is the one we grew up watching as a kid. The three Athens’ districts are filled with good teams with the likes of Chesapeake, Piketon, Portsmouth, Peebles, and Ironton among others. Chessy has been strong all year and Portsmouth has been lights out over the past month and may be playing the best basketball of anyone in Southeast Ohio. New Philadelphia’s district is as strong as it’s been in years. Garaway, St. Clairsville, Tuscarawas Valley, Ridgewood, Monroe Central, Fort Frye, West Muskingum, and Barnesville are capable of advancing. Garaway is the favorite but don’t forget Tusky Valley beat the Pirates on their home floor. St. Clairsville has struggled a bit down the stretch losing two of its last five.

Regional Semis: Chesapeake over Sugarcreek Garaway and Portsmouth over Peebles

Regional Finals: Chesapeake over Portsmouth

KETTERING REGIONAL: 
Districts: Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum 2, University of Dayton 1, University of Dayton 2, and University of Dayton 3

Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum 2 District:

Teams we like: Heath and North Union
Teams we want to like: Worthington Christian, Columbus Academy, Marion Pleasant, and Columbus Horizon Science

Best 1st Round Match Up: Worthington Christian vs. Johnstown Monroe

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Marion Pleasant vs. Columbus Academy, North Union vs. Worthington Christian, Columbus Horizon Science vs. Johnstown Northridge, and Heath vs. Bishop Ready

District Championship Game Prediction: Heath over North Union

University of Dayton 1 District:

Teams we love: Casstown Miami East
Teams we like: Jamestown Greeneview, Cincinnati Summit Country Day and Cincinnati Shroder
Teams we want to like:

Best 1st Round Match Up: Georgetown vs. Felicity-Franklin

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Dayton Northridge vs. Jamestown Greeneview, Tri-County North vs. Miami East, Cincinnati Summity Country Day vs. Williamsburg, and Georgetown vs. Cincinnati Shroder

District Championship Game Prediction: Cincinnati Shroder over Miami East

University of Dayton 2 District:

Teams we love: Cincinnati Taft
Teams we like: Dayton Christian
Teams we want to like: Middletown Madison

Best 1st Round Match Up: Dayton Christian vs. Tipp City Bethel

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: CHCA vs. Blanchester, Cincinnati Taft vs. Deer Park, Middletown Madison vs. Waynesville, and Dayton Christian vs. Dixie

District Championship Game Prediction: Cincinnati Taft over Dayton Christian

University of Dayton 3 District:

Teams we like: Cincinnati Clark Montessori, Cincinnati Madeira, Cincinnati Mariemont, Reading, Ripley (Huntington), and Versailles
Teams we want to like: Anna, Dayton Stivers, and Hamilton Badin

Best 1st Round Match Up: Ripley vs. Cincinnati Madeira and Cincinnati Mariemont vs. Hamilton Badin

Possible 2nd Round Match Ups: Clark Montessori vs. Madeira, Reading vs. Hamilton Badin, Anna vs. Twin Valley South, and Dayton Stivers vs. Versailles

District Championship Game Prediction: Clark Montessori over Versailles

Regional Outlook: The Columbus 2 District comes to Kettering Fairmont High School to meet the three winners from the University of Dayton. The Columbus District isn’t real strong, but remember last year Bishop Ready knocked off our heavy favorite, Cincinnati Taft in the regional final. With that being said, we will once again be shocked if anyone outside of Taft makes it out of this region. Columbus should be interesting with several teams having a legitimate chance of making it out. There are likely four or five teams with a great chance of advancing. The Dayton 1 District will be extremely competitive with Greeneview, Miami East, Summit Country Day, and Cincinnati Shroder. Williamsburg is a dark horse. The Dayton 2 District is Taft and then Waynesville, Madison and Dayton Christian. The Dayton 3 District will also be vey competitive with Clark Montessori, Ripley, Madeira, Mariemont, Badin, Anna, Stivers, and Versailles.

Regional Semis:
Cincinnati Shroder over Heath and Cincinnati Taft over Clark Montessori

Regional Finals:
Cincinnati Taft over Cincinnati Shroder

STATE TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: 

State Semis:
Cincinnati Taft over Lima CC and Cleveland CC over Chesapeake

State Finals: Cincinnati Taft over Cleveland CC

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