Eighth Region boys basketball tournament preview

Eighth Region boys basketball tournament preview

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Eighth Region boys basketball tournament preview

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EIGHTH REGION BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

At Henry County

* Wednesday’s quarterfinals: Collins (14-17) vs. Simon Kenton (12-16), 6; South Oldham (25-5) vs. Owen County (29-3), 7:45.

* Thursday’s quarterfinals: Henry County (15-15) vs. Oldham County (22-8), 6; Walton-Verona (18-10) vs. Anderson County (16-13), 7:45.

* Monday’s semifinals: Wednesday’s winners, 6; Thursday’s winners, 7:45.

* Championship game: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8.

* Past five champions: Collins (2015); South Oldham (2013-14); Oldham County (2011-12).

* Player of the Year: Carson Williams, Owen County (Eighth Region coaches, Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches).

* Top scorer: Carson Williams, Owen County, 26.3 ppg.

* Top rebounder: Carson Williams, Owen County, 10.7 rpg.

* Top scoring team: South Oldham, 74.6 ppg.

* Top scoring defense: Walton-Verona, 48.9 ppg.

* Longest winning streak: Owen County, nine.

* Jason Frakes’ pick: Owen County.

* Litkenhous Ratings pick: Oldham County.

* Notes: Owen County is 19-0 against Eighth Region competition this season, having defeated top contenders Oldham County (71-58) and South Oldham (78-75) in the final days of the regular season. The Rebels are seeking their first regional title. … Oldham County is the heavy favorite to reach the final out of the bottom half of the bracket. The Colonels were upset by Collins 53-41 in last year’s regional final. … Walton-Verona is in the regional tournament for the first time since 2011.

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