A year ago, teams from Southern Utah enjoyed a distinct advantage with the 3A boys basketball tournament being held at Dixie State College. It’s time for the north to enjoy a little home-court advantage with the last three rounds of this year’s tournament being held at Weber State.

That’s great news for teams like Morgan and Judge, each of who is more than capable of cutting down the nets next weekend. Even though the tournament is up north, and even though Region 9 isn’t as strong as last year, nobody would be surprised to see another team from Southern Utah claim the state title just like Hurricane did last year.

Hurricane didn’t qualify for this year’s tournament, so a new champion is guaranteed to be crowned.

In order of winning percentage, these are the 16 teams that qualified for the 3A boys state basketball tournament this year.

1. Morgan Trojans (19-2)

2. Judge Memorial Bulldogs (18-5)

3. Spanish Fork Dons (17-3)

4. Desert Hills Thunder (15-6)

5. Bear River Bears (15-7)

6. Cedar Redmen (14-7)

7. Snow Canyon Warriors (13-6)

8. Ben Lomond Scots (13-9)

9. Carbon Dinos (11-11)

10. Payson Lions (11-12)

11. Delta Rabbits (10-10)

12. Ogden Tigers (9-11)

13. Park City Miners (9-13)

14. Wasatch Wasps (9-13)

15. Dixie Flyers (9-13)

16. Union Cougars (8-12)

Here's a one-by-one look at all 16 teams that qualified for the 3A boys basketball state tournament

James Edward is the prep editor for the Deseret News. Email: jedward@desnews.com; Twitter: @dnewspreps

Morgan Trojans (19-2)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Jim Wiscombe (26th year)

How qualified: First in Region 11 with 12-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Carbon, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 72-68 win against Syracuse on Dec. 15.

Most important region victory: A 76-75 win at Bear River on Jan. 9.

Top contributors

#21 Jake Miles, Sr., Guard (25.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 3.3 spg)

#1 Cameron Skinner, Sr., Forward (8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#11 Matt Murdock, Jr., Guard (6.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.1 spg)

#44 Bridger Streadbeck, So., Forward (5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 spg)

#2 Lantzen Toomer, Sr., Guard (5.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 71.3 ppg (1st in 3A)

Scoring defense: 56.5 ppg (17th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1974

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Win over Snow Canyon in state championship.

Edward’s evaluation: If the Trojans are ever going to snap that 39-year state title drought, this has got to be the year, right? They feature the highest-scoring offense in 3A, the highest-scoring player in 3A in Jake Miles and this year’s state tournament isn’t far away at Weber State. If Morgan can get past a tough quarterfinal against most likely Cedar, the community support will swell and it can expect huge crowds at the Dee Events Center the rest of the way.

Judge Memorial Bulldogs (18-5)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Dan Del Porto (3rd year)

How qualified: First in Region 10 with 9-1 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Dixie, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 72-66 win against Bingham Nov. 21.

Most important region victory: A 50-48 win against Union on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#24 Joe Cremer, Sr., Guard (9.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#11 Terrell Young, Sr., Guard (9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#32 Ryan Pauley, Jr., Forward (9.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg)

#31 Patrick Neville, Sr., Forward (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.1 apg)

#25 Kaden Elliss, Jr. Forward (6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg)

Scoring offense: 54.6 ppg (10th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 49.6 ppg (3rd in 3A)

Last state championship: 2008

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Bear River in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Despite winning 18 games this year, incredibly Judge doesn’t have a single player averaging in double figures. That balance makes Judge a very dangerous team heading into the playoffs. Judge’s last state championship came in 2008, the last year the 3A tournament was held at Weber State. The Bulldogs, who are a top-three defense in 3A, hope that’s good karma once again.

Spanish Fork Dons (17-3)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Jesse Roberts (3rd year)

How qualified: First in Region 12 with 10-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Ogden, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 65-54 win against Cedar on Dec. 1 at Sevier Valley Center

Most important region victory: A 49-43 win at Payson on Feb. 8.

Top contributors

#30 Ty Henry, Sr., G/F (14.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg)

#4 Benson Rhees, So., Guard (9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.0 spg)

#23 Hayes Hall, Jr., G/F (8.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

#5 Cameron Money, Sr., Forward (8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.1 spg)

#45 Taylor Parker, Jr., F/C (5.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Scoring offense: 59.8 ppg (3rd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 53.2 ppg (8th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Desert Hills in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Spanish Fork is a quiet yet dangerous team heading into the playoffs. Not only did it plow through Region 12 with a perfect record, back the preseason it beat quality 3A programs Bear River, Cedar and Dixie. Interestingly enough, the only 3A team the Dons last to all year was Desert Hills, a team it will most likely meet against in the quarterfinals.

Desert Hills Thunder (15-6)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Wade Turley (1st year)

How qualified: Tied Cedar for second in Region 9 with 8-4 record, but lost coin flip to enter playoffs as No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: at Wasatch, Friday, 6 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 57-46 win against Morgan on Nov. 30 at Sevier Valley Center.

Most important region victory: A 58-52 win at Snow Canyon on Feb. 8.

Top contributors

#44 Ty Rutledge, Sr., Guard (12.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg)

#45 Josh Anderson, Sr., F/C (8.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.9 spg)

#23 Jordan Hokanson, Jr., Guard (6.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 apg)

#24 Taylor Houston, Jr., Forward (6.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

#3 Chase Thompson, Sr., Guard (6.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.8 ppg (13th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 48.2 ppg (2nd in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in semifinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Over the past two weeks, Desert Hills’ hopes of another region title were dashed because of losses to Pine View and Canyon View — two non-playoff teams from Region 9. After losing a coin flip to Cedar, the Thunder now must hit the road for the first round. It will still be favored at Weber this Friday, but that lack of consistency is a big, big concern.

Bear River Bears (15-7)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Kasey Winters (4th year)

How qualified: Third in Region 11 with 8-4 record.

Playoff opener: at Payson, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 86-85 win against Northridge on Dec. 1.

Most important region victory: A 53-52 win at Ben Lomond on Dec. 21.

Top contributors

#5 Wade Miller, Sr., Guard (22.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg)

#13 Kody King, Sr., Forward (8.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#12 Austin Miller, Sr., Guard (7.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 spg)

#23 Nick Hillis, Jr., Center (7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

#2 Garrett Fronk, Sr., Guard (6.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg)

Scoring offense: 64.5 ppg (2nd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 57.5 ppg (21st in 3A)

Last state championship: 2009

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Lost to Snow Canyon in semifinals.

Edward’s evaluation: There’s not a lot of buzz about Bear River heading into the playoffs, and that could be a big mistake. Bear River’s two region losses to No. 1 Morgan were each by one point. Its other two region losses were in double-overtime to Ben Lomond and a triple-overtime to Ogden. Wade Miller can score points in bunches, and if he gets hot the Bears could easily make a deep run in the state tournament.

Cedar Redmen (14-7)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Craig Cardon

How qualified: Tied Desert Hills for second in Region 9 with 8-4 record, and won coin flip to earn No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Union, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 61-49 win against Park City on Dec. 28 at Steve Hodson Classic

Most important region victory: A 51-49 win at Snow Canyon on Jan. 11.

Top contributors

#33 Dustin Staggs, Jr., Forward (13.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg)

#42 Ryan Armstrong, Sr., Forward (9.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg)

#3 Mike Hourigan, Sr., Guard (9.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.7 spg)

#12 Dason Coronado, Sr., Guard (8.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.2 apg)

#10 Kordan Nielson, Jr., Guard (8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.1 ppg (5th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 49.9 ppg (4th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1995

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Cedar plowed through the first half of Region 9 with a 6-0 record, but it stumbled down the stretch with a 2-4 record. A coin flip saved Cedar from traveling to Heber City for the first round, but that might only delay a playoff exit one round given its current form. Cedar is likely headed for a quarterfinal match-up with No. 1 Morgan, and you can bet the Trojans will have a huge crowd cheering them on at Weber State.

Snow Canyon Warriors (13-6)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: James Brown (12th year)

How qualified: First in Region 9 with 10-2 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Park City, Friday, 6 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 64-61 win against Northridge on Dec. 22 at Dixie State.

Most important region victory: A 67-65 win at Cedar on Feb. 6.

Top contributors

#10 Chandler Gines, Sr., Guard (16.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg)

#12 Nate Gottfredson, Jr., Center (14.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)

#33 Kallan Webster, Sr., Guard (9.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#23 Brendon Truman, Sr., Guard (7.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

#5 Jacob Frei, So., Guard (3.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.1 ppg (4th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 54.4 ppg (13th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2002

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in championship.

Edward’s evaluation: For a team that didn’t make the playoffs last year, Snow Canyon was outstanding this season winning the ultra-competitive Region 9 by two games. That alone makes the Warriors a very dangerous team. If this year’s state tournament were at Dixie State College like last year, Snow Canyon would be the slight favorite to cut down the nets. With the tourney at Weber State though, Snow Canyon has a lot of obstacles to overcome if it hopes to claim its first title since 2002.

Ben Lomond Scots (13-9)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Ryan Wilcox (4th year)

How qualified: Second in Region 11 with 9-3 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Delta, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 35-34 win against Roy on Nov. 30.

Most important region victory: A 66-63 (2OT) win at Bear River on Jan. 23.

Top contributors

#15 Josh Hardin, Sr., Forward (15.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.6 apg)

#11 Sterling Brandley, Sr., Guard (14.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.6 apg, 1.9 spg)

#22 Sage Eastburn, Sr., Forward (10.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg)

#12 Corbin Medina, So., Guard (4.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#23 Brenden Morris, So., Guard (2.2 ppg)

Scoring offense: 50.1 ppg (19th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 46.4 ppg (1st in 3A)

Last state championship: 1986

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: After snapping a 12-year quarterfinal drought last year, Ben Lomond could be poised for more success this year. Seniors Josh Hardin and Sterling Brandley led Ben Lomond to a second-place finish in Region 11, and in late-January in the Scots had No. 1 Morgan on the ropes before being outscored by 10 in a 44-41 loss. If coach Ryan Wilcox’s team can get past Delta in the first round, they could enjoy some home cookin’ at the Dee Events Center just down the road.

Carbon Dinos (11-11)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Jeff Cisneros (2nd year)

How qualified: Tied Delta for third in Region 12 with 4-6 record, but lost coin flip and heads into playoffs as No. 4 seed.

Playoff opener: at Morgan, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 56-53 win against Ben Lomond on Dec. 8.

Most important region victory: An 80-70 win against Delta on Jan. 23.

Top contributors

#35 Derek Young, Sr., Forward (16.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg)

#32 Jordan Blanc, Sr., Forward (12.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg)

#13 Dakota Cisneros, Sr., Guard (10.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.6 apg, 3.7 spg)

#3 Bryce Blackburn, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.9 spg)

#23 Michael Peczuh, Sr., Forward (4.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Scoring offense: 58.2 ppg (7th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 59.7 ppg (24th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: The final day of the season couldn’t have unfolded worse for Carbon. Not only did it lose to Delta 67-50 and miss out on clinching sole possession of third place from Region 12, it then lost the coin flip to Delta. Now it must travel to No. 1 Morgan on the opening night of the playoffs, where an upset seems unlikely.

Payson Lions (11-12)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Dan Lunt (20th year)

How qualified: Second in Region 12 with 8-2 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Bear River, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 60-56 win against Snow Canyon on Dec. 20 at Dixie State College.

Most important region victory: A 53-50 win at Delta on Jan. 16.

Top contributors

#4 Daniel Reno, Jr., Guard (14.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 apg)

#0 Kaleb Wright, Sr., Forward (12.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

#12 Jacob Humphreys, Sr., Forward (7.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

#1 Brycen Wood, Jr., Guard (6.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg)

#33 Dallon Rowley, So., Guard (3.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.3 ppg (16th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 51.3 ppg (5th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Bear River in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Heading into region play, Payson owned a paltry 3-10 record and its hopes of making the playoffs didn’t look that great. The Lions did well to settle down and finish second in Region 12, but they’re definitely an underdog against Bear River in the first round. That’s not to say they’re not capable of advancing to the quarterfinals. Even though Bear River is one of the highest-scoring teams in 3A, Payson counters that as a top-five defense.

Delta Rabbits (10-10)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Jared Smith (11th year)

How qualified: Tied Carbon for third in Region 12 with 4-6 record, and won coin flip to earn No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: at Ben Lomond, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 43-34 win against Cedar on Nov. 28.

Most important region victory: A 67-50 win against Carbon on Feb. 8.

Top contributors

#22 Taylor Bahr, Sr., F/C (14.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#24 Hunter Johnson, Jr., Forward (11.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.5 spg)

#14 Jordan Smith, Sr., Guard (6.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg)

Badral Nansalmaa, Sr. (5.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

#33 McKay Shamo, Sr., F/C (5.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

Scoring offense: 58.2 ppg (8th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 57.0 ppg (19th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Ben Lomond in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: A coin flip saved Delta from traveling to Morgan in the first round, but facing Ben Lomond isn’t that much better. Ben Lomond features the No. 1 scoring defense in 3A and it’s very good at home. It even beat ranked 4A team Roy at home earlier this year. To have a shot at pulling off the upset, Delta must match Ben Lomond’s defensive intensity to keep the game close.

Ogden Tigers (9-11)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Shawn McQueen (1st year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 11 with 7-5 record.

Playoff opener: at Spanish Fork, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 65-51 win at Bonneville on Nov. 30.

Most important region victory: A 70-61 (3OT) win against Bear River on Jan. 25.

Top contributors

#1 Spencer Smith, Sr., Guard (22.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.6 spg)

#2 Dayton Wright, Sr., Guard (8.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.8 spg)

#31 Larry Rodriguez, Sr., Center (8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.4 apg)

#3 McKay Smith, Sr., Guard (7.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg)

#10 Emric Egbert, Jr., Guard (3.2 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

Scoring offense: 54.5 ppg (11th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 58.5 ppg (22nd in 3A)

Last state championship: 1992

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Spanish Fork in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Ogden’s defense isn’t that great, which is a problem heading into a tough first-round game against the third-highest scoring team in 3A. To have any hope of advancing, Tigers leading scorer Spencer Smith needs to have a huge game. If Ogden could somehow pull off the first-round upset, it would enjoy great support at Weber State beginning in the quarterfinals.

Park City Miners (9-13)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Caleb Fine (4th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 10 with 5-5 record.

Playoff opener: at Snow Canyon, Friday, 6 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 67-57 win against Bear River on Dec. 14.

Most important region victory: A 39-38 win against Juan Diego on Jan. 8.

Top contributors

#33 Bosten Vanderveur, So., Guard (13.1 ppg)

#15 Hayden Daily, Sr., G/F (12.7 ppg)

#24 Ryan Sherman, Sr., F/C (10.6 ppg)

#3 Sam Kingdon, So., G/F (6.1 ppg)

#21 Tom Wood, Jr., Guard (2.7 ppg)

Scoring offense: 48.4 ppg (22nd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 53.2 ppg (9th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Park City is in a very familiar position. Last year it opened the state tournament with a loss at Hurricane, and this year it opens the state tournament down south again at Snow Canyon. For a team that’s lost two straight by double digits, it seems like an impossible task for the Miners.

Wasatch Wasps (9-13)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Lonnie Magnussen (12th year)

How qualified: Tied Union for second in Region 10 with 6-4 record, but beat Union in both meetings this year to earn No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Desert Hills, Friday, 6 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 45-33 win against Payson on Jan. 2.

Most important region victory: A 45-41 win at Union on Feb. 8.

Top contributors

#25 Chris Johnson, Sr., Forward (7.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#4 Jeff Murdock, Jr., Guard (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg)

#21 Cooper Ballstaedt, Sr., Guard (7.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg)

#33 Nate Dow, Fr.., Forward (6.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#1 Jake Larson, Sr., Guard (5.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.6 apg)

Scoring offense: 49.6 ppg (20th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 52.9 ppg (7th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2011

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Desert Hills in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Wasatch’s 3-9 preseason record obviously wasn’t great, but a closer look reveals that it was 2-2 against fellow 3A teams and 1-7 against 5A and 4A teams. That tough preseason competition seemed to benefit the Wasps down the stretch in Region 10 as they battled back to earn a No. 2 seed and a first-round home game. Now Wasatch faces a very good Desert Hills team, and will most certainly be an underdog as one of the lowest-scoring teams in 3A.

Dixie Flyers (9-13)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Ryan Cuff (5th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 9 with 6-6 record.

Playoff opener: at Judge, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 75-73 (2OT) win against Westlake on Dec. 28.

Most important region victory: A 38-34 win against Pine View on Feb. 6.

Top contributors

#1 Kyler Smith, Sr., G/F (10.0 ppg)

#5 Blake Barney, Sr., Guard (8.7 ppg)

#11 Dakota Bair, Sr., Guard (7.7 ppg)

#30 Kyle Hansen, Sr., G/F (6.3 ppg)

#3 Jordan Hall, Jr., Guard (6.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 52.0 ppg (17th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 55.5 ppg (14th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1970

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Judge in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: It’s déjà vu all over for Dixie. A year after upsetting Judge in the first round of the state tournament, Dixie once again opens the playoffs on the road at Judge. An upset seems even more unlikely this time around. Last year Dixie big man Walker Swensen created big match-up problems for Judge, but the Flyers don’t have that intimidating inside presence this year. After last year though, they might have the mental edge over Judge.

Union Cougars (8-12)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Jeff Hanke (12th year)

How qualified: Tied Wasatch for second in Region 10 with 6-4 record, but was swept by Wasatch this season and enters playoffs as No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: at Cedar, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 61-57 win against Tooele on Dec. 7.

Most important region victory: A 68-61 (OT) win against Judge on Jan. 18.

Top contributors

#15 Jona Wood, Sr., Forward (12.4 ppg)

#50 Stephen Merrell, Sr., Center (11.4 ppg)

#33 George Kaufusi, Sr., Forward (4.9 ppg)

#2 Landen Winn, Jr., Forward (4.3 ppg)

#4 Carver Simkins, Sr., Guard (4.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 49.3 ppg (21st in 3A)

Scoring defense: 51.5 ppg (6th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1953

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Cedar in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: When Union beat Judge on Jan. 18 to improve to 4-0 in Region 10, it went from afterthought in Region 10 to legit contender. It proceeded to lose four of its next six games, however, and most now hit the road for the first round of the playoffs. The Cougars are definitely the underdog at Cedar in the first round, but they did take Judge to overtime in both meetings this year, and Cedar is a bit vulnerable.