Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.)
GEICO Seeding: 6
Super 25 Rank: 13
Key players: N’Faly Dante, Grant Sherfield, Jordan Turner, Austin Crowley, Noel Coleman
Why they’ll win: The Buffaloes have the ultimate shot eraser in Dante, who averaged four blocks a game to go along with 17 points and 10 rebounds; that allows them to clamp down on the perimeter, applying stifling defensive pressure, which they use to produce offense. Jayln Turner provides a defensive spark for the Buffaloes off the bench and helps them keep teams under 50 points a game, which could lead to them pulling out wins when they have off-nights offensively.
Why they may slip-up: The Buffaloes have a strong starting five, but, at times this season, they haven’t consistently gotten contributions from their bench. They’ll need a more collaborative effort all weekend to advance.
The bottom line: That Buffaloes are as talented as any team at GEICO Nationals, but IMG Academy will send swarms of talent onto the floor with every substitution horn. The Buffaloes will need a collaborative effort against arguably the deepest team in the country.