The Stansbury and Tooele boys basketball teams have had almost identical levels of success this season.
The Stallions are 10-8 overall and 6-4 in Region 10 play, while the Buffaloes are 10-9 and 6-3. When the teams faced each other, each team won on its home floor. Thus, it seems appropriate that the two Tooele County squads are neck-and-neck in the Class 4A Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings that will determine seeding for the upcoming state tournament, with the Stallions leading the Buffs by less than one ten-thousandth of a point.
Stansbury moved ahead of Tooele into the No. 13 spot with its come-from-behind win over No. 12 Cedar Valley on Wednesday night, while Tooele sits at No. 14. Both teams are in position to host first-round playoff games, as Stansbury would face No. 20 Canyon View and Tooele would take on No. 19 Ben Lomond if the season ended today.
Juan Diego (17-2) moved into the No. 1 spot, with Dixie (16-3) moving up to No. 2 after beating previously top-ranked No. 3 Crimson Cliffs (16-3) on Wednesday. Sky View (14-3) is No. 4, followed by Desert Hills (16-3). The top 11 teams in Class 4A will receive first-round byes.
The Wendover boys (10-5, 3-1 Region 21) currently sit in the No. 2 spot in the Class 1A rankings after last weekend’s win over top-ranked Bryce Valley (14-3), as well as region wins over Telos Academy and Dugway. If the season were to end today, the Wildcats would play host to No. 15 Green River or No. 18 Wayne in a second-round state tournament game, as the top 13 teams receive first-round byes.
Dugway (1-10, 0-3) is 19th, which would put the Mustangs in a first-round matchup against No. 14 Diamond Ranch Academy on the road in Hurricane. The winner would travel to No. 3 Manila (12-4).
Piute (11-4) and Panguitch (14-4) are ranked No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.
Grantsville (14-2, 8-1 Region 13) held the top spot in the Class 3A rankings last week. The final rankings will be revealed Saturday morning, along with the 3A state tournament bracket.
The Tooele girls (8-9, 5-3 Region 10) have ridden a four-game winning streak all the way to the No. 12 spot in the Class 4A RPI, putting the Buffaloes in position to host a first-round playoff game — or possibly receive a first-round bye.
The top 11 teams in 4A will receive automatic second-round berths, and the Buffs entered Thursday’s games just two-thousandths of a point behind No. 11 Hurricane. Should Tooele remain in the No. 12 spot, the Buffs would host No. 21 Ben Lomond in a first-round game. Stansbury (6-12, 3-6) broke a four-game losing streak with Wednesday’s win over Ben Lomond and sits in the No. 18 spot, which would send the Stallions to St. George to face No. 15 Dixie in the first round.
There is a change at the top of the rankings this week, with Ridgeline (13-5) overtaking Pine View (16-2) for the No. 1 spot. Desert Hills (15-2), which beat Pine View on Tuesday, is No. 3, followed by Logan (12-4) and Sky View (12-5).
Wendover (6-2, 1-0 Region 21) is No. 6 in Class 1A this week after routing Pinnacle and Tintic and losing at home to Bryce Valley. That currently sets up the Wildcats for a first-round matchup against No. 11 Escalante. Valley (12-3), Wayne (14-3), Piute (11-4), Milford (11-6) and Green River (8-5) make up the top five in this week’s rankings.
Grantsville (18-3, 8-1 Region 13) will find out its postseason fate when the final Class 3A RPI is released Saturday morning. The Cowboys were ranked No. 4 in last week’s rankings, though some shuffling is likely after Carbon and South Sevier both lost on Tuesday night.