IHSA boys basketball regionals at a glance:
At Ottawa Marquette (1A)
Where: Marseilles Grade School, 201 Chicago St., Marseilles
Team to beat: Putnam County (18-8).
Watch out for: Henry (21-4), St. Bede (15-12).
Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) St. Bede vs. (5) Midland, 7 p.m. Tuesday - Game 2: (2) Henry-Senachwine vs. (7) Streator Woodland, 8 p.m. Game 3: (3) Ottawa Marquette vs. (6) DePue (7-14), 8 p.m. Wednesday - Game 4: (1) Putnam County (18-8) vs. Winner 1, 6 p.m. Game 5: Winners 2-3, p.m. Friday - Title: winners 4-5, 7 p.m.
BCR Insider: PC has the top seed, but has stumbled of late, going 1-4 heading into Friday’s game with Stark County. Henry has the best record coming into the field. No one may be playing as strong of late as St. Bede. The Bruins took a 15-11 record into Friday’s game at No. 1 ranked Rockridge. St. Bede has the benefit of playing in 1A after previously playing at 2A since the four-class system. Bruins coach Mike Kilmartin said their schedule in the Three Rivers South, including the likes of the Rockets and state-ranked Kewanee, has them well prepared for the postseason. ... PC, beat Henry 70-46 to win the Tri-County Conference tournament championship after falling to the Mallards 63-48 earlier in January. Coach Josh Nauman said he’d rather have the 2 seed than the 1. “I don’t like having to play a good team when it is our first game and their second. I’d rather get the regional jitters out of the way in an easy game,” he said.
St. Bede coach Mike Kilmartin says: “We have great respect for all teams in regional but like our chances.”
Next: Winner goes to Colfax Sectional to face Mason City Regional winner at 7 p.m. March 5.
Last year’s regional finals: PC 50, Marquette 52; Seneca 52, St. Bede 50 (2A).
At Amboy (1A)
Team to beat: Indian Creek.
Watch out for: Paw Paw.
Pairings: Monday - Game 1: (4) Annawan (14-13) vs. (5) LaMoille/Ohio (5-18), 7 p.m. Tuesday: Game 2: (2) Paw Paw vs. (7) Amboy (2-22), 6 p.m. Game 3: (3) Ashton-Franklin Center (11-14) vs. (6) Erie (2-25), 8 p.m. Wednesday: Game 4 - (1) Indian Creek vs. Winner 1, 6 p.m. Game 5 - Winners 2-3, p.m. Friday - Title: Winners 4-5, 7 p.m.
Next: Winner goes to Hanover Sectional to face Galena Regional winner at 7 p.m. March 4.
Last year’s regional finals: Erie 73, Paw Paw 65; Wethersfield 63, Annawan 41.
At Morrison (1A)
Team to beat: Sterling Newman.
Others in the field: 2 Fulton, 3 Morrison, 4 Riverdale, 5 Savanna West Carroll.
At Princeton (2A)
Team to beat: Seneca (22-4).
Watch out for: Hall (17-11), Bureau Valley (18-10).
Pairings: Tuesday - Game 1: (4) Prophetstown (14-13) vs. (5) Princeton (5-21), 7 p.m. Wednesday: Game 2: (1) vs. winner 1, 6 p.m. Game 3 - (2) Hall vs. (3) Bureau Valley, 8 p.m. Friday - Title: winners 2-3, 7 p.m.
BCR insider: The Irish are the defending regional champ and primed to repeat. They have avenged two of the four losses, defeating Mendota 69-51 and Coal City 56-39. Seneca has beaten the only team in the field it has faced, defeating Hall 60-52 in the Irish’s Thanksgiving Tournament. ... The regional has plenty of firepower in Bureau Valley’s Parker Neuhalfen (18.7 ppg), Princeton’s Garrett Duffin (17.6). Hall’s Miguel Villareal (15.2 ppg), Prophetstown’s Ethan Howard (13.8) and Seneca’s Conlon Callahan (13.6). ... Bureau Valley junior standout Tommy Johnston sustained an ankle injury Tuesday and his status is questionable for next week. ... The Irish average 56.7 ppg and give up 44.3 ppg.
Princeton coach Jesse Brandt says: “I think it is a good group of teams. I think each game should be very competitive. Hopefully we can use the home court to our advantage.”
Last year’s regional finals: Seneca 52, St. Bede 50.
Next: Winners goes to Bureau Valley Sectional vs. Morrison Regional winner at 7 p.m. March 5.