Well, well. I only had 50 percent of my predictions match with reality, so I already have a failing grade to start the 2013-14 high school basketball season.
Time to unveil the seeds in the Glasgow Tournament. Let’s start with the girls.
- New Franklin
Not much of a surprise here, and if you flip-flop the 1 and 2 seeds and the 6 and 7 seeds, that’s how I voted.
I knew New Franklin and Glasgow were the top two seeds, but it’s always tricky to see how they’ll end up in the final tallies. Both teams had extremely strong arguments for that top seed and if you want to see their credentials, check out my post from last night. I gave Glasgow the 1 seed over New Franklin because, traditionally in this tournament, the previous year goes a long way to determining the votes. For example, I knew going into last year’s tournament that the Cairo boys had a better team than Glasgow, but many coaches weren’t going to knock the Yellowjackets out of that top spot because they had won that tournament the previous three years. Glasgow’s girls won the tournament last year and beat New Franklin 2-of-3 times, so that factored heavily into my logic for picking Glasgow ahead of New Franklin.
That all being said, New Franklin getting the nod over Glasgow isn’t a shocking development. New Franklin returns all five starters (they return six starters if you want to count Kalani Pihana, who missed most of last season) and played in a district championship game, just like Glasgow.
The 3, 4 and 5 seeds went as I expected (is Cairo the 4 seed every year?). I originally gave Westran the nod over Fayette because Westran had a young group last year and have more experience this year. Fayette is a little unknown after losing three All-Conference players. Either way, I get the feeling we’ll see those two teams play in Glasgow anyway, and they’ll duke it out then to see who’s better.
On to the boys bracket.
- New Franklin
Like I said, the only two locks in this bracket were the 1 and 8 seeds. I was lucky to get half of them right.
Harrisburg’s 2 seed is its highest in this tournament since the Bulldogs were the 1 seed back in 2009. I initially had Harrisburg and Glasgow flip-flopped, leaving New Franklin between them at the 3 seed. Again, a lot of that is based on history, and although Glasgow lost 4 of 5 starters, they’ve still won this thing four years in a row and bring up some talented young players.
Still, Harrisburg took second place in this tournament last year and will bring back four of five starters, I believe. But losing that fifth starter hurts a lot. Should Harrisburg and New Franklin meet in the semifinals, that’ll be a doozy.
I’ve never covered a Fayette boys game on a Tuesday in this tournament, but I guess I’ll get my chance this year. Based on reputation and the fact the Falcons have an All-State caliber player in Rudy Williams, I didn’t see them falling below the 5 seed, but Westran brings back plenty from a young team last year. This will be the sixth time in two years Fayette and New Franklin will play each other, and this matchup could happen two more times this year.
As for who I think will win the tournament, I’d pick the two teams I slated as the No. 1 seeds (Cairo boys and Glasgow girls). We’ll see if that holds firm in two and a half weeks, but based on my current luck, I’ll probably get 50 percent of that correctly picked.
All right, that’s all I have until the tournament actually rolls around. Once I get brackets with dates and times, I’ll post them. That could be as early as tomorrow.