Today, continues the final stretch of the 2013-2014 boy’s high school basketball season in the Buckeye state. This is one of our favorite weeks of the season, known as regional week, with only 64 teams remaining in the entire state. In three weeks, we went from nearly 800 schools, to just 16 teams in each respective division.
Today, we will take a look at each region, provide a little analysis, and of course give our infamous predictions. Before we start, let us take a look back at the past three weeks. A little over three weeks ago we picked our district winner for each of the 64 districts.
We picked 40 of the 64 correctly (10/DI, 9/DII, 10/DIII, & 11/DIV).
Team we lost from our final poll National Guard JJHuddle Power Poll.
Division I: Gahanna Lincoln (5), Zanesville (6), & Newark (7).
Division II: Elida (6), Columbus Brookhaven (7), Ontario (9), & Vincent Warren (10).
Division III: Warrensville Heights (1), Beachwood (4), Gilmour Academy (7), Liberty-Benton (8), Clark Montessori (9), & Bishop Hartley (10).
Division IV: Cincinnati Aiken (3), Berlin Hiland (6), Bethel (8), & Spencerville (10).
-13 of the 16 regional teams in DI were in our final poll (Top 10 or Others). 12 of the 16 regional team in DII were in our final poll (Top 10 or Others). 11 of the 16 regional team in DIII were in our final poll (Top 10 or Others). 13 of the 16 team in DIV were in our final poll (Top 10 or Others). In all, we had 49 of the 64 regional teams in our final polls.
Teams the Associated Press lost from its poll.
Division I: Zanesville (2), Berea-Midpark (6), & Toledo CC (10).
Division II: Ontario (1), Franklin (5), Millbury Lake (6), & Athens (10).
Division III: Beachwood (1), Union Local (3), Warrensville Heights (8), Gilmour Academy (9), & Zane Trace (10).
Division IV: Berlin Hiland (3) & Bethel (8).
Division II Regional Preview
Bolwing Green Regional
Norwalk Truckers (25-1) vs. Vermilion Sailors (19-7)
Lima Bath Wildcats (20-4) vs. Defiance Bulldogs (21-3)
Norwalk over Defiance
Columbus Eastmoor Academy Warriors (20-6) vs. Cincinnati Taft Senators (18-6)
Dayton Dunbar Wolverines (23-3) vs. Dayton Thurgood Marshall Cougars (20-5)
Thurgood Marshall over Cincinnati Taft
Logan Elm Braves (23-2) vs. Columbus Bishop Watterson Eagles (23-2)
John Glenn Little Muskies (21-3) vs. Dover Tornadoes (20-4)
Bishop Watterson over John Glenn
Cleveland Central Catholic Ironmen (19-6) vs. Poland Seminary Bulldogs (23-2)
Mentor Lake Catholic Cougars (19-5) vs. Akron SVSM Fighting Irish (17-9)
Akron SVSM over Cleveland Central Catholic