Team Rankings...
1. Owensboro Red Devils (19-10)
If Owensboro continues to play the way they have over the past few weeks, they will be going to Rupp Arena. Baring a night of a barriage of 3 pointers, it's hard to see a scenario where they loose in this tournament. Freshman PG Kenyatta Carbon has really turned the corner and has become a star late in the season. Mix him with junior big man Gavin Wimsatt and junior slasher, Amari Robinson Wales and the Devils look primed for a back to back title run. 6th man and spark plug Jaiden Greathouse leads the Devils in scoring and won the 9th district player of the year.

2. Muhlenberg County Mustangs (19-11)
The Mustangs roll into the rn egional tourament as the hottest team in the 2nd half of the season. They have won 11 of 12 and have played a very difficult schedule to prepare them for this time of year. Junior guard Nash Divine has been fantastic, especially in the 2nd half of the season, averaging nearly 20 points per game during the Mustangs run.

3. Breckenridge County Tigers (20-9)
Don't sleep on the Tigers. They have the best player in the region and still have a bad taste in their mouths after last years overtime loss to Owensboro in the regional title game. Kaveon Mitchell poured in 40 plus points in the district championship win over Meade and comes in averaging right at 25 points per game.

4. Owensboro Catholic Aces (18-14)
The Aces closed the season with a bit of a losing streak but played very well in their district win over Apollo. They have 2 super sophomores in Brian Griffith and Jai Webb, but for the Aces to reach Rupp, they need their supporting cast to be more involved. Drew Hartz, Gray Weaver and Andrew Riney can all be difference makers for Coach Riley and will need to be if Catholic wants a shot at a Regional Title.

5. Mclean County Cougars (21-11)
Mclean County makes their first regional appearance in 5 years this week, after they upset Ohio County this past week. The Eagles had spent more weeks at #1 this year than any other team, but fell short against the Cougars. Logan Patterson and Jacob Clark are one of the best 1-2 scoring punches in the region.

6. Butler County Bears (21-9)
The Bears rolled thru the 12th District tournament last week but drew a tough regional draw to open play this week. Parker Rice is an all-region talent but its the supporting cast for the Bears that have been impressive this year. They roll into the Sportscenter with all of their starting 5 averaging over 7 points per game.

7. Meade County Greenwave (10-18)
Meade County took down Hancock and pushed Breckenridge in the 11th district tourney last week. Mitchell Dozier is playing his best basketball of the season and has a nice supporting cast that is capable of big games any given night. Coach Tripure has a very solid record in 3rd Region Tournament games since taking over at Meade County but they will have a tough round 1 assignment.

8. Grayson County Cougars (10-21)
The Cougars have won 5 of their last 7 games entering tournament play. Nolan Shartzer is a player that could help the Cougars pull a first round upset. He has put up 17 points and 6 boards per game this season.

ALL REGION TEAM
Logan Patterson - Mclean County - 18 points & 9 boards per game this season. Led Mclean to their first regional tournament in 5 years.
Tripp Manning - Ohio County - put up 19 points per game and looked like the best player in the region for a majority of the season. He will be missed at the Sportscenter next week.
Jaiden Greathouse - Owensboro - While Greathouse doesn't have player of the year numbers, no player in the region does more little things than he does in limited minutes. He carried the Devils thru the middle part of their season.
Parker Rice - Butler County - Rice had a monster year for Butler County, putting up 20 points and 8 boards per game. He can really make his mark on the region with big games this week.
Nash Divine - Muhlenberg County - The only junior on this team. Divine has improved all season long and will be a top candidate for player of the year in 2021.

3rd Region Player of the Year - Kaveon Mitchell - Breckenridge County - Mitchell upped his game this season and made a huge jump in production from his junior year to his senior year. As a role player last year he averaged 7 points per game but has stepped into Kobe Poole's spot and raised his numbers to nearly 25 points per game this season, ranking him 12th in the state in scoing

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
Butler County vs Owensboro Catholic - Butler County gets rewarded for their district title by pulling the toughest district loser, in Owensboro Catholic. The Aces won their regular season game by 10 points back in mid January. The Bears will need to bring their best defensive effort of the season to have a shot at Tim Riley's Aces who have never lost a first round game at the Sportscenter. PREDICTION: Owensboro Catholic.

Breckenridge County vs Mclean County - This is a solid first round match-up on paper. The Tigers defeated the Cougars by 7, back in early February. Mclean will need to find a way to slow down Kaveon Mitchell if they want to have any chance. Mclean will be challenged to match the athleticism of Mitchell. PREDICTION: Breckenridge County

Owensboro vs Meade County - While Owensboro is an overwhelming favorite in this game, this could be a tricky match-up. Meade plays very physical and will test the Devils on that end. For Meade to have any shot though, they will need to be able to hit some 3 point shots. The Waves only shot 29.5% as a team from beyond the arc this season. They will have a difficult time containing PG Kenyatta Carbon. PREDICTION: Owensboro

Muhlenberg County vs Grayson County - Muhlenberg may come into the regional as the biggest favorite in the first round. They beat Grayson by 28 in their regular season meeting and are playing even better right now. Unless Nolan Shartzer scores in the 40's, its going to be a tough one of the Cougars. PREDICTION: Muhlenberg County

CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: Owensboro over Breckenridge County