Edward’s evaluation: The defending state champs really struggled with consistency in region play this year, splitting with East and Woods Cross and then battling Bountiful tough in one meeting and then getting blown out in another. Stingy defense won the Rams the title last year, and if they have any hope of pulling off a few upsets in the state tournament that defense will need to be outstanding again.
Hillcrest Huskies (10-11)
Coach: Sam Richins
How qualified: Finished fourth in Region 7 with a 5-5 record.
Playoff opener: vs. Mountain Crest, Monday, 11:10 a.m. (At Maverik Center)
Best preseason victory: A 53-50 (OT) win at Highland on Dec. 6.
Best region victory: A 49-48 (OT) win against Herriman on Feb. 17.
#33 Austin Adams, Sr., Forward (15.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.7 spg)
#32 Tanner Dastrup, Sr., Forward (12.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.6 spg)
#22 Alex Moss, Sr., Guard (8.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.7 spg)
#11 Hunter Adams, Sr., Guard (6.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.8 apg, 2.0 spg)
#10 Ben Katzenback, Sr., Guard (5.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg)
Scoring offense: 55.6 ppg (11th in 4A)
Scoring defense: 57.2 ppg (23rd in 4A)
Last state championship: 1980
Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Mountain Crest in first round.
Edward’s evaluation: The move to 4A was great for this program as it has struggled the past few years in 5A. Hillcrest heads into the playoffs with a bit of momentum on a three-game winning streak, which included an overtime win against Herriman. However, with two double-digit losses to both Olympus and Skyline in region play this year, it hasn’t proven it can compete with some of 4A’s better teams lately.
Logan Grizzlies (16-5)
Coach: Logan Brown
How qualified: Finished in a first-place tie in Region 5 with Sky View and Mountain Crest at 7-3, but after the region tiebreaker procedure it heads into playoffs as No. 3 seed.
Playoff opener: vs. Herriman, Monday, 9:10 p.m. (At Maverik Center)
Best preseason victory: A 53-43 win at Dixie on Dec. 10.
Best region victory: A 77-76 win against Sky View on Jan. 25.
#33 Russell Murphy, Sr., Guard (16.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.8 spg)
#23 Luke Falk, Jr., Guard (10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 spg)
#25 Dallin Dahl, Jr., Guard (9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 spg)
#21 Johnny Luke, Sr., Guard (6.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.8 spg)
#2 Jordan Larsen, Jr., Guard (6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg)
Scoring offense: 63.8 ppg (1st in 4A)
Scoring defense: 57.1 ppg (22nd in 4A)
Last state championship: None
Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Bountiful in quarterfinals.
Edward’s evaluation: A lot of teams in 4A like to slow it down, but not the Grizzlies. They like to push the tempo and get the game into the 60s. When they do, they usually win. On the bigger stage of the state tournament though, possessions are always at a higher premium, and Logan will need to try and get defensive stops more consistently of it hopes to win a game or two.