At Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan
No. 8 Sacred Heart (13-10) —Placed third in 2A year ago. The Knights open against the team that beat them in the semifinals last year. Tony Chavez leads Sacred Heart in scoring at 10.3 points. Brandon Rapp has knocked down 50 three-pointers.
No. 1 Berean Academy (22-1) —The defending state champion returns as the top seed. The Warriors bring in an experienced group that plays well together. Karlin Wiebe leads in scoring (11.7 points) and rebounding (8.0). Caleb Hoover (10.3 ppg, 7 rpg) and Cameron Dunn (9.2 ppg, 5 rpg) are other big contributors.
No. 5 Washington County (19-3) —The Tigers head into Manhattan on a seven-game win streak. Senior guard Ryan Fiser has led the way for Washington County in points (18.2), steals (4.0) and assists (3.0). The Tigers' 6-foot-10 Mitchell Walter averages 6 rebounds.
No. 4 Syracuse (21-2) —A year after being eliminated in the sub-state title game, Syracuse will make its fifth trip in six years to Manhattan. Senior guard James Burkett leads a balanced Syracuse offense at 10.7 points. Junior guard Gary Parks has made 47 three-pointers, and junior J.D. Howell leads the team in rebounds (6.2).
No. 7 Lyndon (16-7) —Lyndon reached the tournament without a standout scorer — the Tigers' Trey Brown leads the way with 9 points, while Tyler Decker follows at 8.5 points and Curtis Wendling at 7.0. Wendling leads the team in assists (5.1) and steals (2.3). Brown and Wendling are three year starters.
No. 2 Pittsburg-Colgan (21-1) —Pittsburg-Colgan makes its 15th tournament appearance in 16 years and was runner-up last year. The Panthers are led by senior guard Andy Farmer at 13.1 points. Senior Kelley Thompson follows with 10.8 points and team leading 6.7 rebounds.
No. 6 Nemaha Valley (18-5) —Nemaha Valley is making its fourth straight trip to state (third straight in 2A). The fourth-place finishers last year are led by Kevin Burdiek at 11.7 points. Kyle Hunninghake pulls down 6.5 rebounds, while Keegan McKernan leads in assists (3.4).
No. 3 Ness City (21-2) —The Eagles are making their first trip to the state tournament since 1991. A team that won two game in 2008-09, then went 11-13, has an average winning margin of 27 points this season. Senior John Clarke leads Ness City at 18 points and shoots 43 percent from three-point range.
Washington County-Syracuse winner vs. Sacred Heart-Berean winner, 4:45 p.m.
Nemaha Valley-Ness City winner vs. Lyndon-Pittsburg Colgan winner, 8:15
Third-place game, 2 p.m.
The Eagle's Picks
Joanna Chadwick: Pittsburg Colgan over Berean Academy
Chris Elliott: Pittsburg Colgan over Berean Academy