Gotta agree with your analysis Warrior.
Please remind everyone who can't come to listen via the Voice of the 8th Region - Pegasus Sports. ALL GAMES will be broadcast LIVE at The Pegasus Sports Network - PSN
. My voice is a little ragged due to spring allergies right now - but we will be there!!! (for those who want to relive the games - all broadcasts are also ARCHIVED on my site indefinitely!)
Some miscellaneous thoughts:
- Owen has ever won the region, but this is arguably the best Rebel team to put on the Owen uniform. Devin Duvall's team is on a mission and will be tough to stop. Everything has been building for this moment for the Rebels.
- For those who think it's a shame Owen has to deal with such a tough opponent in round 1, don't be. Since Oldham and South - arguably #2 and #3 in the region - are in the same district, they had to be in opposite brackets. So, barring a major upset
, Owen was going to have to defeat both Oldham schools. I guarantee you Devin Duvall would rather play one in the first round instead of potentially having to play them back-to-back in the semis and finals.
- If Owen doesn't win, Oldham County sure made a case for themselves the other night in dismantling South in a convincing 29th district final. Oldham County is finally starting to play Coy Zerhusen basketball - the defense is fueling the offense. The pieces all seem to be coming together at the right time for Oldham.
- South Oldham may have become "#3" in a lot of folks' eyes at this point, but underestimating the Dragons would be a mistake. South - after winning the region in 2013 and 2014 - suffered through injuries that held them to 11 wins in 2015. Steve Simpson has his kids playing hungry; with a chip on their shoulder. And this South team has already set the state record for most threes in a season. South is a shooting machine, pure and simple, and they're playing with a grudge. And they just might be the team in the tournament with the style of play that has the best shot at upsetting the Rebels.
- Everyone else seems to be forgotten this year. Hmmm. Could someone outside of the Big Three rise up as a dark horse and win it? I'm not betting on it, but if I were to pick a dark horse candidate, I would pick Anderson County. Glen Drury - who won his 500th game this year - is the Dean of 8th Region coaches, and he's worth 6-7 points by himself. The Bearcats have a legitimate star in Cobe Penny, and a decent young supporting cast. A little luck, some good shooting, and the always good AC defense could put the Bearcats in the finals - and anything can happen on the last night. Remember, defense wins championships - and Drury is as good as any at coaching defense.
- Team I wouldn't want in the first round: Simon Kenton. Trent Steiner always seems to be able to get a little more out of his team in the post-season. SK has been a strange team this year, a head-scratching team that passes the look test, but just hasn't translated that into wins. But they came alive in the district and come back to the Roy....remember two years ago, when Steiner took another underperforming SK squad and rode them all the way the finals? Can this squad do the same? They have the talent, and good grief, they have the size!
Good luck to all the teams!! Enjoy the tournament!