At Salina Bicentennial Center
No. 7 Topeka Hayden (17-6) —A seven-time champion, Hayden returns to state for the fourth straight year. The Wildcats lost to eventual champion KC Sumner in last year's first round. The offense runs through 6-9 center Alex Lundry, who averages 9.7 points, one of four players to average more than nine.
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No. 2 Parsons (20-3) —The Vikings have three players averaging double figures in scoring and two more who average 8.3 or better. Parsons has made 50 previous state tournament appearances but none since 1998, when current Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill starred. No player is taller than 6-foot-2, so Parsons relies on quickness.
No. 6 Buhler (19-4) —Former Salina South coach Dennis Wahlgren has led Buhler to state in his first season. Buhler is undersized and depends on outside shooting, with Brandon Givens providing a perimeter threat. Buhler has three top-four finishes but has never won a title.
No. 3 KC Sumner (20-3) —The defending champion has won 81 games in the past four seasons, advancing to state each year. The loss of three starters was helped by junior point guard Benny Parker, a pass-first point guard who shoots 52 percent. Sumner has scored at least 70 points 13 times, topping 80 in four of its last six games.
No. 8 Andale (14-9) —Andale is finally at full strength after multiple players dealt with various illnesses. The Indians advanced to the 4A tournament four times between 1997-2003 but haven't been back since. Dylan Hawkins leads Andale in scoring (13 points) and rebounding (seven).
No. 1 Holton (21-2) —Holton advances to its fifth state tournament, entering as the top seed for the third time. All five starters average between 6.8 and 14 points, led by 6-foot-7 senior center Forrestal Hickman, who averages 14 points and 8.6 rebounds. The Wildcats outscore opponents by a 21-point average.
No. 5 Smoky Valley (19-4) —The Vikings rebounded from losing their final regular season game to win three at sub-state to advance to their third state tournament since 2006. Six of Smoky Valley's last 11 wins have been by single digits, including two by one point. Wayd Thomas, Seth Nelson and Stephen DeWitt lead the Vikings' balanced scoring.
No. 4 Ottawa (20-3) —Ottawa's only senior is guard Adam Hasty, who averages 7.7 assists and will play in his fourth state tournament. The Cyclones get contributions from several sophomores, none more important than from Semi Ojeleye, who averages 23.2 points. Ottawa has never finished better than third at state.
Buhler-KC Sumner winner vs. Topeka Hayden-Parsons, 4:45 p.m.
Smoky Valley-Ottawa winner vs. Andale-Holton winner, 8:15
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
The Eagle's Picks
Joanna Chadwick: KC Sumner over Ottawa
Chris Elliott: Holton over KC Sumner