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Today was, by a mile, the craziest I’ve ever experienced in terms of the release of the NorCal brackets. Truth to told, this day is normally anti-climatic. We normally only type up the brackets and don’t even write a story, because everything usually goes pretty much according to plan. But we knew today was going to be different because of the Open Division.
The CIF will post brackets for the state basketball playoffs tomorrow at around 5 p.m. The most anticipated brackets are likely that of the inaugural Open Division. It’s hard to predict exactly how they will come out because there is no precedent. It’s the first year, so there are no trends, no insights into how the section commissioners will be thinking. Still, I’ll attempt to project who I think will be in the field. UPDATED: The CIF now expects to release the brackets by 5:30 p.m.
Good morning all and welcome to Selection Sunday in the North Coast Section. The brackets for the basketball playoffs should be getting released in the next couple of hours and I’ll be posting them here as they get released. You can of course also follow their release on the NCS web site. Any questions or comments, feel free to post them and I’ll aim to reply.
The Bay Area will have a record three boys participants in the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game that takes place April 3 in Chicago.
Salesian High’s Jabari Bird, Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon and Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee were all selected to the West squad, it was announced Thursday. It’s the first time the Bay Area has had more than one boys selection in the game that dates back to 1978. There have only been six local players total in the previous 35 years.
The Bay Area also had one girls selection as Bishop O’Dowd forward Oderah Chidom, who has signed with Duke, was selected to play for the West squad.
It’s an exciting day locally tomorrow when the participants for the McDonald’s All-American Game are announced. Three local boys basketball players are expected to be among those selected to the West team when its announced at 2 p.m. tomorrow on ESPNU. That’s Archbishop Mitty’s Aaron Gordon, Salesian’s Jabari Bird and Deer Valley’s Marcus Lee. How big of a deal is it for the Bay Area to have three players selected? Well, if it happens, those three will constitute exactly one-third of the players who have EVER been selected from the Bay.
The previous six (and I’m including Brandon Ashley in this, even though he left for Findlay Prep for his senior year) are:
Brandon Ashley, Findlay Prep (formerly Bishop O’Dowd), 2012
Leon Powe, Oakland Tech, 2003
Ray Young, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1998
Darnell Robinson, Emery, 1993
Jason Kidd, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1992
Calvin Byrd, St. Joseph Notre Dame, 1989
It’s the last week of the regular season in the North Coast Section, so let’s take a look at how the playoff brackets are shaping up. I’m not going to get into predicted the order of the seeding. If recent history is any indicator, the seeding will be completely unpredictable anyway. But I will provide an idea of who should be competing for a title when the playoffs begin next week. Remember, teams need to be above .500 (not at .500 like in football) in either their overall or league record or in games within the division (and for out of section teams, if the school’s enrollment would place them in their division, they can count those games).
|1. Salesian (5)||23-3||75||1|
|2. Bishop O’Dowd||20-3||70||2|
|3. De La Salle||21-3||63||4|
|4. Deer Valley||19-5||62||3|
|5. El Cerrito||17-8||55||5|
|6. Newark Memorial||17-7||50||6|
|8. San Leandro||20-4||40||9|
|10. Monte Vista||18-6||31||8|
|13. College Park||21-4||14||14|
|t14. Oakland Tech||17-6||8||15|
Also receiving votes: None. Records are through Sunday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.
The Oakland Section has revised its playoff system for this season, creating a new way to determine which two teams earn the section’s bids to the NorCal playoffs.
The teams from the Oakland Athletic League will still compete under the same format. No. 3 will play No. 6 and No. 4 will play No. 5 in the first round of the playoffs. The 3/6 winner advances to face No. 2 and the 4/5 winner plays No. 1 in the semifinals and those winners meet in the championship game.
The tweak comes in that the loser of the OAL championship game will then meet the champion of the Bay Area Charter School Athletic Conference. The winner of that game earns the Oakland Section’s second NorCal berth. The BACSAC is a league made up of school East Bay charter schools that a few years ago were added to the Oakland Section. For more info on the league, visit www.bacsac.org.
The dates for all of these games are: First round — Saturday, Feb. 23; Semifinals — Tuesday, Feb. 26; OAL championship — Thursday, Feb. 28; BACSAC champ vs. OAL runner-up — Saturday, March 2
|1. Salesian (5)||18-3||75||1|
|2. Bishop O’Dowd||16-3||70||2|
|3. Deer Valley||16-4||65||3|
|4. De La Salle||16-3||56||4|
|5. El Cerrito||16-7||55||t5|
|6. Newark Memorial||12-7||49||t5|
|8. Monte Vista||16-4||44||t7|
|9. San Leandro||16-4||35||9|
|14. College Park||17-4||7||NR|
|15. St. Joseph Notre Dame||13-9||6||12|
Also receiving votes: Mt. Eden (16-4, 4 points). Records are through Sunday. The East Bay Boys Basketball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.