The state basketball tournaments are just two weeks away, and teams statewide are jockeying for position in the Utah High School Activities Association’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings in hopes of a more favorable seed.
Things are looking promising for many of Tooele County’s teams, with Grantsville’s girls sitting at No. 3 in the Class 3A rankings and Wendover’s boys at No. 3 in Class 1A. Both teams are all but guaranteed of a first-round bye in the state tournament, with the top eight Class 1A boys teams and the top 13 Class 3A girls teams earning automatic second-round berths.
The Stansbury girls are No. 10 in Class 4A, which would earn the Stallions a first-round bye as one of the top 11 teams in the classification. That would set up a second-round matchup against No. 7 Juan Diego in Draper. Meanwhile, No. 17 Tooele would play a first-round road game against No. 16 Uintah.
The top 12 teams in Class 1A girls basketball will receive first-round byes, meaning No. 10 Wendover is set for a second-round matchup against No. 7 Tabiona. No. 19 Dugway would travel to Price to face No. 14 Pinnacle in a first-round game.
Stansbury’s boys sit at No. 7 in Class 4A as of Wednesday evening. The Stallions would have a first-round bye and a second-round home game against No. 10 Crimson Cliffs. Tooele, at No. 13, would play host to a first-round game against No. 20 Ogden.
Grantsville’s boys would also receive a first-round bye as the No. 9 seed in Class 3A, where they would face No. 8 Summit Academy in a second-round game to be played at USU-Eastern in Price. Dugway’s boys are No. 21 in Class 1A, and would face No. 12 Tabiona in a first-round road game.
The Class 3A state tournament brackets will be released at 11 a.m. Feb. 8, with the first round of the boys tournament on Feb. 11 and the girls tournament on Feb. 12. The second round is Feb. 14-15 in Price, with the final three reounds Feb. 20-22 at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville.
In Class 4A, the tournament brackets will be revealed at noon on Feb. 15. The first round of the boys tournament is Feb. 18, and the girls play Feb. 19. The second-round games are Feb. 21-22, with the remainder of the tournament taking place Feb. 27-29 at the Dee Events Center on the Weber State University campus in Ogden.
Class 1A’s brackets will be released at 9 a.m. Feb. 18. The first-round games will be played Feb. 22, with play continuing Feb. 26-29 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.