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High school boys basketball: 3A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 11:15 a.m. MST

Highland plays Juan Diego in a boys basketball game at Juan Diego High School in Draper on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.  (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Highland plays Juan Diego in a boys basketball game at Juan Diego High School in Draper on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

The 3A state tournament is back in Region 9 country this year as Southern Utah will host the final three rounds of the tournament after the first round is played at home sites. However, unlike past years when the 3A tourney was held at Dixie State and Region 9 teams dominated, a repeat of that trend seems unlikely.

No. 1 Morgan rolls into the tourney with the highest-scoring offense in 3A, while fellow northern schools Payson, Grantsville and Juan Diego are also capable of getting hot and making deep tourney runs.

All four Region 9 teams who qualified for the tourney — Snow Canyon, Pine View, Cedar and Desert Hills — have the potential to string a few wins together as well, and if they do they'll definitely have home-court advantage at SUU.

Here’s a team-by-team look at all 16 teams in the state tournament, and what to expect:

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