The inaugural 6A boys basketball state tournament tips off this Tuesday with four games each at Weber State and Utah Valley University, and it’s no secret who the favorite is. No. 1 Lone Peak didn’t lose to an in-state opponent all year, and heads into the playoffs with the top scoring offense in 6A averaging 76 points per game. To claim its first state title since 2014, Lone Peak might have to beat Pleasant Grove one more time. The Vikings played Lone Peak tough in both region meetings this year, losing by five combined points. Region 1 champion Fremont and Region 2 champion Kearns are both on the same side of the bracket as Pleasant Grove, and will hope to emerge from that top bracket for a shot at Lone Peak in the final. In alphabetical order, these are the teams that have qualified for the 6A boys state basketball and what to expect over the next week of playoff basketball.

Bingham Miners (11-12)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Jake Schroeder (5th year)

How qualified: Third in Region 4 with a 3-5 record

Playoff opener: vs. Copper Hills, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 64-53 win at Copper Hills on Jan. 5

Most important region victory: 60-59 win vs. Pleasant Grove on Jan. 30

Top contributors:

#2 Ryan Wood, Sr., G (10.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.3 apg)

#10 Ethan Langston, So., G (9.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 spg)

#11 Dalton Miller, Sr., F (8.4 ppg, 5.8 ppg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg)

#3 Luke Tueller, Jr., G (7.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)

#1 Brayden Cosper, Sr., F (7.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 apg)

Scoring offense: 59.9 ppg (11th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 57.5 ppg (12th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2017 (5A)

2017 postseason: Beat Lone Peak 49-42 in 5A championship

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Pleasant Grove in semifinals

Edward's Evaluation: In winning back-to-back state titles the past two years, Bingham had the luxury of leaning on D-1 talent. The complexion of this year’s squad is much different, and Bingham has to lean on a lot of grit and defense for success. The results have been unpredictable all season as evidenced by an 11-12 record and a scoring offense and defense that ranks smack dab in the middle of 6A. The Miners should feel confident in the opener against Copper Hills though, a team it beat back in January.

Copper Hills Grizzlies (14-8)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Andrew Blanchard (6th year)

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 3 with a 7-1 record, and lost coin flip for No. 2 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Bingham, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 84-75 win vs. Copper Hills on Dec. 9 (at Am. Fork)

Most important region victory: 54-50 win at Riverton on Feb. 2

Top contributors:

#44 Trevon Allfrey, Jr., F (18.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 apg)

#21 Joseph Wilson, Sr., F (7.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg)

#15 Jacob Jensen, Sr., G (7.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg)

#3 Stone Hutchins, So., G (5.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#2 Ben Bittner, Sr., G (4.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

Scoring offense: 58.7 ppg (14th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 52.6 ppg (3rd in 6A)

Last state championship: 2000 (5A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Lone Peak 88-73 in 5A semifinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Bingham in first round

Edward's Evaluation: In the preseason Copper Hills went 1-6 against fellow 6A teams, with all but two of those teams qualifying for the state tournament. The Grizzlies settled down in region play to earn a share of the Region 3 title, but now that the playoffs are here they must figure out a way to beat one of the teams it already lost to — rival Bingham. Defense will be the key every game throughout the state tourney as the Grizzlies rank third in scoring defense in 6A.

Cyprus Pirates (14-9)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Tre Smith (4th year)

How qualified: Tied for second in Region 2 with a 7-5 record, but lost season series to Granger and finished as No. 3 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Layton, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 94-70 win vs. Wasatch on Dec. 15

Most important region victory: 72-70 win at Kearns on Jan. 19

Top contributors:

#10 Josh Amasio, Sr., G (12.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg)

#1 Alex Foster, Sr., G (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#25 Tayven Aloi, Jr., F (10.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg)

#24 Skyler Case, Sr., G (10.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.2 spg)

#3 Cody Meza, Sr., G (9.5 ppg, 1.2 apg)

Scoring offense: 66.6 ppg (3rd in 6A)

Scoring defense: 67.3 ppg (22nd in 6A)

Last state championship: 1955 (B)

2017 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Layton in first round

Edward's Evaluation: In three games against Kearns this year, Cyprus lost twice 95-64 and 87-54, but then also won a game, 72-70. That one win shows what the Pirates are capable of in a perfect scenario, and that’s what it will take to upset Layton in the first round. Cyprus and Layton both like to play an up-tempo offense, which is good news for Cyprus. The bad news is Cyprus ranks dead-last in 6A in scoring defense.

Davis Darts (16-7)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Chad Sims (4th year)

How qualified: Tied for third in Region 1 with 7-5 record, and won tiebreaker for No. 3 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Granger, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 55-53 win vs. Copper Hills on Jan. 2

Most important region victory: 56-50 win vs. Weber on Feb. 16

Top contributors:

#5 Josh Sanders, Sr., G (16.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.9 apg)

#21 Tyson Garff, Jr., G (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg)

#12 Brendon Redford, Jr., F (9.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.7 apg)

#34 Rich Stucki, Sr., F (9.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#24 Trey Grossenbach, Sr., G (7.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.7 apg)

Scoring offense: 61.5 ppg (10th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 54.6 ppg (8th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2002 (5A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Pleasant Grove 48-45 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Lone Peak in quarterfinals

Edward's Evaluation: Davis enjoyed a strong preseason with wins over 6A playoffs teams Westlake, Bingham and Copper Hills. In region play though, it stumbled twice against both Fremont and Layton and settled for the No. 3 seed. The good news is Davis wouldn’t have to play either of those teams until the semifinals. The bad news is, Lone Peak awaits in the quarterfinals if the Darts can get past Granger in the opener. Lone Peak didn’t lose to a team in Utah all year.

Fremont Silver Wolves (17-5)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Corey Melaney (9th year)

How qualified: First in Region 1 with 9-3 record

Playoff opener: vs. Hillcrest, Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 59-54 win vs. Alta on Dec. 14 (at Dixie)

Most important region victory: 53-47 win at Layton on Feb. 9

Top contributors:

#30 Dallin Hall, So., G (17.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.0 spg)

#10 Baylor Harrop, So., G (12.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg)

#2 Cade Hadley, Sr., G (11.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg)

#24 Kyler Bush, Sr., F (10.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg)

#15 Clint Anderson, Sr., G/F (5.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

Scoring offense: 64.8 ppg (5th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 57.1 ppg (10th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2005 (5A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Jordan 66-55 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Bingham in quarterfinals

Edward's Evaluation: Region 1 was a grind this year, but Fremont survived better than anyone else winning the title despite three region losses. It succeeded with a scoring offense that ranked fifth in 6A averaging 64.8 ppg. In the opening round it should roll past Hillcrest, but after that it figures to be an underdog in every game the rest of the way. Fremont only played two other 6A teams in the preseason, and lost both to American Fork and Riverton. American Fork didn’t qualify for the playoffs out of Region 4 while Riverton won the Region 3 title.

Granger Lancers (14-8)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Jason Chandler (4th year)

How qualified: Tied for second in Region 2 with a 7-5 record, and won season series against Cyprus to qualify as No. 2 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Davis, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 70-61 win at Jordan on Dec. 1

Most important region victory: 69-65 win vs. Cyprus on Jan. 23

Top contributors:

#32 Anel Alagic, Sr., G/F (19.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.4 apg)

#14 Jason Murillo, Sr., G/F (13.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg)

#1 Roulervee Vann, Jr., G (11.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg, 3.0 spg)

#4 Jarom Unga, Jr., G/F (3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

#5 Brendan Blank, Sr., G (3.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

Scoring offense: 59.1 ppg (13th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 54.8 ppg (9th in 6A)

Last state championship: None

2017 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Davis in first round

Edward's Evaluation: Based on quality of their respective regions and the quality of their preseason wins, Granger would seem to be a big underdog against Davis in the first round. That’s not necessarily the case. In games against common opponents both teams beat Northridge and East, and even though Davis won more handily, the Lancers looked good in both games too. The have any hope of pulling off the upset Granger needs to knock down shots because Davis’ athleticism defensively will be tough to deal with.

Herriman Mustangs (9-12)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Brad Tingey (8th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 3 with 2-6 record

Playoff opener: vs. Lone Peak, Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 49-46 win vs. Jordan on Dec. 15

Most important region victory: 51-37 win at Taylorsville on Feb. 16

Top contributors:

#12 Jael Vaughn, Jr., G (9.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.4 spg)

#24 Blake Freeland, Jr., C (8.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 spg)

#45 Kase Peterson, So., F/C (6.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

#21 Isi Leakehe, Sr., G (5.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg)

#23 Alex Anderson, So., F (4.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Scoring offense: 48.2 ppg (20th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 52.7 ppg (4th in 6A)

Last state championship: None

2017 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Lone Peak in first round

Edward's Evaluation: Herriman’s stay in the 6A state tournament figures to be short one as it faces No. 1 Lone Peak in the first round. It already lost to Lone Peak 79-55 back in the preseason. Four of Herriman’s five leading scorers are underclassmen though, so the experience gained at state this year could pay dividends next year.

Hillcrest Huskies (8-13)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Sam Richins (9th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 2 with a 4-8 record

Playoff opener: vs. Fremont, Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 60-49 win at Cottonwood on Dec. 13

Most important region victory: 59-47 win at Hunter on Jan. 19

Top contributors:

#30 Brox Ashby, So., G (14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg)

#21 Bassel Tekarli, Sr., G (13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.4 apg)

#5 Tyson Flores, Sr., G (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg)

#32 McKay Ashby, Sr., F (6.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg)

#35 Mohammed Saif, Sr., F (5.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg)

Scoring offense: 56.6 ppg (17th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 61.2 ppg (17th in 6A)

Last state championship: 1980 (4A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Springville 57-45 in 4A semifinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Fremont in first round

Edward's Evaluation: With a 1-6 record over its past five games, Hillcrest isn’t exactly beaming with confidence heading into this year’s playoffs. It will hope draw upon the magic of last year’s playoff success when it marched into the 4A semifinals. That won’t be easy in the first round against a Fremont team that won the Region 1 title and figures to have a big crowd on hand at Weber State.

Kearns Cougars (20-3)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Dan Cosby (9th year)

How qualified: First in Region 2 with an 11-1 record

Playoff opener: vs. Weber, Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 52-42 win vs. Copper Hills on Dec. 5

Most important region victory: 72-51 win at Granger on Jan. 30

Top contributors:

#2 Journey Buba, Sr., G (16.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg)

#3 David Andrew, Sr., G (14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg)

#1 Majok Kuath, Jr., F/C (12.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg)

#4 Emmanuel Andrew, Sr., G (8.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#35 Mattew Wickizer, Sr., F/C (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Scoring offense: 70.1 ppg (2nd in 6A)

Scoring defense: 53.3 ppg (6th in 6A)

Last state championship: 1972 (3A)

2017 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Pleasant Grove in quarterfinals

Edward's Evaluation: Kearns is the only team in 6A that won 20 games this season, but there’s not a lot of buzz surrounding the Cougars heading into the state tournament. There probably should be. Even though it plays in a weak region and had two bad losses to Cottonwood and Cyprus this year, Kearns is as athletic as any team in 6A and has quality a quality win over Layton to its credit in the preseason. It faces a tricky test in the opener against Weber, which should have a big crowd, but after that Kearns will likely face Pleasant Grove in the quarterfinals and it actually has bodies to match up against Pleasant Grove’s 7-footer.

Layton Lancers

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Kelby Miller (8th year)

How qualified: Second in Region 1 with an 8-4 record

Playoff opener: vs. Cyprus, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 63-62 win vs. Kearns on Dec. 8

Most important region victory: 73-52 win at Davis on Jan. 30

Top contributors:

#12 Truman Brown, Sr., G (16.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 3.6 spg)

#35 Chase Potter, Fr., F (11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.5 apg)

#40 Collin Jeppson, Jr., C (11.5 ppg, 7.9 ppg)

#32 Skyler Turner, Sr., C (7.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)

#33 Brooks Kokkola, Sr., F (7.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg)

Scoring offense: 65.8 ppg (4th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 57.2 ppg (11th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2015 (5A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Copper Hills 81-63 in 5A quarterfinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Riverton in quarterfinals

Edward's Evaluation: Had a couple of hiccups along the way in Region 1, but won three of its past four games to secure a home playoff game and a better path through the playoffs. Layton ranks fourth in 6A in scoring offense, and could find itself in a fast-paced quarterfinal game against Riverton if both take care of business in the opener. Riverton beat Layton 75-69 in the preseason and would be the favorite in a rematch as well.

Lone Peak Knights (19-3)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: David Evans (3rd year)

How qualified: First in Region 4 with a 8-0 record

Playoff opener: vs. Herriman, Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 72-62 win at Layton on Nov. 28

Most important region victory: 65-61 win at Pleasant Grove on Jan. 26

Top contributors:

#0 Chantry Ross, Sr., G (17.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 3.7 spg)

#3 Steven Ashworth, Sr., G (16.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 7.6 apg, 3.2 spg)

#30 Jackson Brinkerhoff, Sr., C (14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg)

#1 Max Brenchley, Sr., F (10.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.8 spg)

#32 Taylor Madson, Sr., G (8.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.9 spg)

Scoring offense: 76.1 ppg (1st in 6A)

Scoring defense: 59.8 ppg (15th in 6A)

Last state championship: 2014 (5A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Bingham 49-42 in 5A championship

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Win over Pleasant Grove in championship

Edward's Evaluation: The Knights are the clear favorite heading into this year’s state tournament as they look to halt a three-year state title drought. Lone Peak went undefeated against Utah teams this year, including a preseason win over Layton and then a pair of region wins over Pleasant Grove. Both of those games against Pleasant Grove were tight until the final minute, and assuming they meet again in the final another nail biter is likely.

Pleasant Grove Vikings (18-5)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Randy McAllister (16th year)

How qualified: Second in Region 4 with a 5-3 record

Playoff opener: vs. West Jordan, 7:30 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 72-51 win vs. Riverton on Dec. 2 (at Corner Canyon)

Most important region victory: 59-58 win vs. Bingham on Feb. 16

Top contributors:

#22 Matt Van Komen, Jr., C (17.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg)

#3 Casey Brown, Jr., G (13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.3 spg)

#21 Kawika Akina, Jr., G (6.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.0 spg)

#24 Kael Mikkelsen, So., G (6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.0 spg)

#12 Tyler Fairbanks, Jr., G (6.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg)

Scoring offense: 62.0 ppg (7th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 49.8 ppg (1st in 6A)

Last state championship: 1961 (B)

2017 postseason: Lost to Bingham 54-44 in 5A semifinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Lone Peak in championship

Edward's Evaluation: Anchored by 7-footer Matt Van Komen in the lane, Pleasant Grove owns the top scoring defense in 6A as it only allowed 49.8 ppg throughout the season. The Vikings reached the semifinals last year before bowing out against Bingham, and this year anything less than a title game appearance would be a disappointment. Getting over the hump and actually winning the championship will be a tall order as Lone Peak will likely be waiting in the title game and it has already beat the Vikes twice this year.

Riverton Silverwolves (18-5)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Skyler Wilson (4th year)

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 3 with a 7-1 record, and won coin flip for No. 1 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Westlake, Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 75-67 win vs. Fremont on Dec. 5

Most important region victory: 71-61 win at Copper Hills on Feb. 20

Top contributors:

#24 Richie Saunders, So., G (18.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1..7 spg)

#3 Ben Neilson, Sr., G (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.8 spg)

#20 Ryen Edwards, Jr., G (9.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.7 apg)

#34 Gavin Henderson, Sr., G (4.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg)

#30 Tristyn Hymas, Jr., F (4.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

Scoring offense: 62.9 ppg (6th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 52.9 ppg (5th in 6A)

Last state championship: None

2017 postseason: Did not qualify

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Lone Peak in semifinals

Edward's Evaluation: Riverton was pegged to finish fourth in Region 3 this year, but defied those expectations to earn a share of the Region 3 title. A big reason why was the emergence of sophomore Richie Saunders, who established himself as one of the top scorers in 6A. Riverton ranks in the top six in 6A in both scoring offense and defense and has a decent path to march all the way to the semifinals if it doesn’t get caught looking ahead.

Weber Warriors (13-8)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Ryan Jones (2nd year)

How qualified: Tied for third in Region 1 with 7-5 record, but lost tiebreaker for No. 4 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Kearns, Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 64-51 win at Logan on Nov. 21

Most important region victory: 59-58 win vs. Layton on Feb. 2

Top contributors:

#25 Kobe Furqueron, Sr., G/F (12.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

#22 Brandon Capener, Sr., G (12.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#11 Austin Bartholomew, Sr., G (10.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg)

#3 Hudson Schenck, Jr., G (9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg)

#5 Braedon Iverson, Jr., F (5.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 57.3 ppg (15th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 54.2 ppg (7th in 6A)

Last state championship: 1971 (2A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Copper Hills 62-41 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Kearns in first round

Edward's Evaluation: Weber went 4-1 in its last five region games and is definitely trending upward heading into the playoffs. its defense faces a very difficult task in the opener against a Kearns team that likes to get out and run. Offensive balance of their own will be key for the Warriors as they have four players who average between nine and 12 points.

Westlake Thunder (12-12)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Nate Carling (4th year)

How qualified: Tied for fourth in Region 4 with a 2-6 record, and beat American Fork in play-in game for No. 4 seed

Playoff opener: vs. Riverton, Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. (at UVU)

Best preseason victory: 81-63 win vs. Salem Hills on Dec. 15

Most important region victory: 63-59 win at American Fork on Jan. 30

Top contributors:

#20 Cooper Mattson, Jr., F (14.3 ppg)

#1 Jared McGregor, Jr., G (12.0 ppg)

#12 Kakoa Baker, Sr., G (9.6 ppg)

#3 Austin White, Jr., G (8.7 ppg)

#4 Boston Chappell, Sr., G (5.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 59.5 ppg (12th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 60.7 ppg (16th in 6A)

Last state championship: None

2017 postseason: Lost to Viewmont 66-55 in 5A first round

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Riverton in first round

Edward's Evaluation: Many figured Westlake would be the odd team out in Region 4 this year. However, it did just enough during region play to tie for the last playoff spot and then beat American Fork in a play-in game on Friday to secure the No. 4 seed for state. Now that the Thunder are in, they’re good enough to make some noise and potentially win a couple games . The opener against Riverton will be tricky as Westlake’s so-so defense faces a very good Riverton offensive team.

West Jordan Jaguars (16-7)

2017-2018 Schedule

Head Coach: Scott Briggs (19th year)

How qualified: Third in Region 3 with a 4-4 record

Playoff opener: vs. Pleasant Grove, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (at Weber State)

Best preseason victory: 59-57 win at Jordan on Dec. 5

Most important region victory: 47-40 win at Herriman on Jan. 19

Top contributors:

#3 Sinai Enoch, Sr., G (20.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.9 spg)

#11 Darrian Nebeker, Sr., F (15.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg)

#24 Ashton Kelson, Jr., F (8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg)

#23 Zech Beck, Sr., F (4.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

#15 Christian Rhodes-Jimenez, Sr., G (3.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.0 apg)

Scoring offense: 61.7 ppg (9th in 6A)

Scoring defense: 52.1 ppg (2nd in 6A)

Last state championship: 2009 (5A)

2017 postseason: Lost to Pleasant Grove 54-39 in 5A quarterfinals

Deseret News prep editor James Edward's bracket: Loss to Pleasant Grove in first round

Edward's Evaluation: Got swept by Riverton and Copper Hills in region play and had to settle as the No. 3 seed. It actually has a manageable draw in the opener against a Pleasant Grove team that specializes in defense like itself. Pleasant Grove has the top-ranked scoring defense in 6A, while West Jordan ranks second. The X-factor obviously is how will West Jordan deal with 7-footer Matt Van Komen for Pleasant Grove in the opener. The key will be knocking down outside shots because there won’t be many opportunities in the paint.