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Bowling Green vs. University Heights (Sweet 16® Round 1) Predictions/Updates

Bowling Green vs. University Heights (Sweet 16® First Round)  

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  1. 1. Bowling Green or University Heights?

    • Bowling Green (23-2)
    • University Heights (15-9)

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University Heights enters the 2021 Sweet 16® hoping that the final day of March is not a repeat of the first day of February.  On that day...on their home court...the Blazers were blasted by DG Sherrill's Bowling Green Purples, to the tune of 88-50.  UHA's most humbling loss of the season seemed to be the turnaround point, though, as the Blazers would finish the regular season winners in 13 of 16 games.

Grant Shouse's club is certainly battle-tested in the postseason.  UHA went to Overtime to beat Hopkinsville in the 8th District Championship, then opened up the 2nd Region Tournament with a narrow 80-79 defeat of Crittenden County, and finally held off Madisonville-North Hopkins by 2 in the Region Finals.  A quartet of seniors lead the way for the Blazers: KJ Crump (17.1 ppg), DJ Quarles (16.7 ppg), Amani McGee (14.2 ppg), and William Bryan (10.2 ppg).

Meanwhile, Bowling Green returns to Rupp Arena for the first time since 2017, when the Purples took home the big trophy.  Bowling Green has already played 33% of its competition in the 2021 Sweet 16® field, earning wins against McCracken County (77-58), Ashland (83-57), and its first round opponent University Heights (88-50).  They also suffered a pair of losses to Elizabethtown (64-36) and Ballard (61-45).  The Purples are led by senior guard Isaiah Mason (17.8 ppg) and junior backcourt mate Turner Buttry (14.9 ppg).

Does UHA avenge the earlier loss or will Bowling Green come out on top again?

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This was probably the worst year of basketball in the second region in years. UHA probably had a lucky draw as they avoided Hopkinsville  and Lyon in the Region. They beat a good Madisonville team in the finals. BG is a good solid team but on a big floor at Rupp anything can happen!

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