Clearly the main topic surrounding the Class 6A tournament is its return to Wichita. My question to you is, how will Wichita support it?
The schedule is set up for Wichita to support it well, with the state’s top teams — the Heights boys and girls — playing the 8:15 boys game on Wednesday and the 6:30 p.m. girls game on Thursday. Northwest boys play at 4:45, while the girls are at 8:15.
How can Wichita not get good crowds there? The first-round games are below. If you want all sub-state pairings, check out this link.
If you want to participate in the predictions contest, here’s the link.
In Class 6A, Heights is the favorite. I know. I’m going out on a limb here.
There’s plenty of tough teams in this tournament, but I’m still banking on a final of Heights and BV Northwest.
Washburn Rural proved in its win over Wichita East that it can play with tough, athletic teams. BV Northwest was in the state title game a year ago and added freshman Clayton Cluster, who is already a stud.
Dodge City is always scary — the tandem at guard with Rico Hogan and Trey Hallman is nice. They are quick and deadly offensively.
Wichita Northwest played awfully well in its sub-state final against Maize. If the Grizzlies do that again, there’s no reason they can’t pull the upset over BV Northwest. But any lapses will be costly. Wichita Northwest’s City League schedule will have prepared it for such a tough first-round game.
Olathe East and Leavenworth are tough, as well, so it should be a pretty balanced tourney.
Who are you picking?
On the girls side, Heights is the favorite. But Olathe South cannot be counted out — even with that late-season loss. Natalie Knight is so good offensively and defensively, but Olathe South’s depth is an issue.
My pick is a Heights-Olathe South final yet again.
But I like the chances of Maize and Wichita Northwest, too. Maize lacks height, but its quickness, its ballhandling and its court savvy could carry it far. Plus, Maize was there last season, and that experience is key.
Wichita Northwest has a nice team, and if it plays well, there’s no reason it can’t advance. But the Grizzlies have to play with the same kind of confidence they showed in the second half of their sub-state title game against Goddard. If they play that way — driving the lane, getting its inside game going and hitting some threes, this team will be tough.
Who are you picking?Boys — 6AAt Koch Arena
Wednesday, March 9:
Wichita Heights (22-0) vs Blue Valley West (9-13), 8:15 p.m.;
Olathe East (19-3) vs. Washburn Rural (18-4), 6:30 p.m.;
BV Northwest (21-1) vs Wichita Northwest (15-7), 4:45 p.m.;
Dodge City (19-2) vs Leavenworth (16-6), 3 p.m.Girls — 6AAt Koch Arena
Thursday, March 10:
Wichita Heights (22-0) vs BV Northwest (8-14), 6:30 p.m.;
Olathe East (18-4) vs Wichita Northwest (18-4), 8:15 p.m.
Olathe South (21-1) vs Washburn Rural (16-6), 3 p.m.;
SM West (20-2) vs Maize (17-5), 4:45 p.m.;