All the favorites won in the first round of the NJCAA Region 18 basketball tournament at College of Southern Idaho.
Utah Valley, No. 19 in the country, had no trouble with Snow College, taking an 86-66 victory. The Wolverines will meet Dixie College in Friday night's semifinals. The Rebels, the No. 2 seed in the tourney, blasted Ricks 128-97.In the other half of the bracket, College of Southern Idaho, the No. 1 seed and No. 1-ranked JC team in the nation, toyed with College of Eastern Utah, 103-76, and Northern Idaho downed Treasure Valley 111-93. Northern Idaho is the only team to defeat CSI this year. The two Idaho rivals will meet at 8 p.m. Friday after Dixie and UVCC play at 6 p.m.
The finals will be Saturday at 8 p.m. The winner of that game advances to play the winner of the Region 1 tourney March 10.