If Dave Cantrall's ratings are true, the strongest boys' basketball regions in the state are the 7th and 11th, which between them have 13 of the top 25 teams in Kentucky.
Throw in three ranked teams from the 4th Region and two from the 9th, and you've got a power-packed bracket in the PNC/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen.
At least that's a possibility after pairings were drawn Friday for the state tournament, which will be played March 17-20 in Rupp Arena.
The 7th, 11th, 4th and 9th regions are in the top half of the bracket.
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The most interesting first-round game could have defending state champ Holmes (9th) playing Christian County (2nd). They are tied at No. 8 in Cantrall's ratings. When they met a few weeks ago, Holmes survived 72-69 in overtime.
The 7th Region is home to eight ranked teams: No. 2 Ballard, No. 4 Trinity, No. 5 Eastern, No. 7 Jeffersontown, No. 11 Moore, No. 13 Seneca, No. 19 Manual and No. 25 Male.
Only one can move on to Rupp Arena, however. The survivor will face the 8th Region representative in the first round of the Sweet Sixteen.
The 11th Region, which includes No. 1 Scott County, No. 10 Lexington Catholic, No. 15 Lafayette, No. 16 Tates Creek and No. 18 Lexington Christian, will play the 13th Region on opening day of the Sweet Sixteen.
So who got a good draw?
Based on the ratings, the 10th Region, home to No. 3 Clark County, and the 15th Region, home to No. 6 Shelby Valley, are probably happy to be in the lower half of the bracket.
Sweet Sixteen tickets
Tickets to the boys' and girls' state tournaments are on sale through the KHSAA office and online at khsaa.org. Only full tournament sets of tickets are currently available ($121 for lower arena; $71 for upper arena).
Beginning March 1, tickets will be available only at the ticket offices of Rupp Arena (boys) and Western Kentucky's Diddle Arena (girls).