If Holmes and Scott County make it to the boys' state basketball tournament next month, they could meet in a power-packed second-round showdown in Rupp Arena.
That's one of the possible scenarios after pairings were drawn Friday for the National City Boys' Sweet Sixteen.
There's still a lot of basketball to be played between now and when the tournament tips off March 18, and nobody is assured of a spot in the Sweet Sixteen.
But if the favorites make it to Rupp Arena, the lower half of the bracket looks considerably stronger than the upper half.
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The 7th Region, home to top-10 teams Eastern, Ballard and Jeffersontown, appears to have gotten a good draw. It would probably be a solid favorite to make it through the upper bracket and into the finals.
The lower bracket could hold much more drama.
The 11th Region, which includes No. 1 Scott County, is matched against the 4th Region in the first round. That could be a stern test if No. 10 Warren Central wins the 4th.
The 9th Region, where No. 3 Holmes is a heavy favorite, would face the 2nd Region.
If Elliott County, which shares the No. 1 rating with Scott County, wins the 16th Region for the third year in a row, it would face the 8th Region in the opening round.
One of the best first-round games might be the 10th Region versus the 15th. That could be a matchup of defending state champ and 10th-ranked Mason County or 14th-ranked Clark County against No. 7 Shelby Valley.