We’re here. The regular season finale is upon us in the UIL boys basketball season, and there is a lot still to be determined. From district titles still up in the air to which teams will actually make the playoffs, we’re in for quite a Tuesday night to gain some sense of clarity.
Instead of looking into just a handful of games, let’s take a gander into some districts that offer up some intriguing story lines.
7-6A: Three teams - Waxahachie; Mansfield Summit; South Grand Prairie - all sit with 7-6 district records and occupy seeds three through five. Only four teams for each district make the playoffs, so one team will go home heartbroken having just missed its chance. Waxahachie and South Grand Prairie play each other - the winner clinches a playoff spot. The loser will have to await the outcome of the Summit-Lake Ridge contest. If Summit wins, it is in. A loss would cause tiebreakers to go into effect. Summit was swept by Waxahachie. If Waxahachie and Summit both lose, Waxahachie and South Grand Prairie are in. If South Grand Prairie loses along with Summit, tie-breaking protocols take place as the two split.
6-6A: All four playoff spots are unsettled. Coppell, which is a game ahead of Lewisville in the standings, plays Hebron, which sits in third. A win for Coppell clinches the district title and locks Hebron into third. A win by Hebron could vault them into second, if Lewisville falls to MacArthur and Hebron wins its tiebreaker over Lewisville. MacArthur could fall out of the playoffs with a loss to Lewisville and Flower Mound beats Irving and wins the tiebreaker over MacArthur. With that possible win by Lewisville coupled with a loss by Coppell would force a tie for the district crown - and yes, another tiebreaker would be used to see which team would get the one seed.
9-6A: Dallas Jesuit simply needs a win to win the district title having swept Allen. A win for Allen over McKinney could essentially knock McKinney from getting into the playoffs as it is tied with Prosper for fourth place. If Prosper and McKinney both win or lose, a tiebreaker would be needed as the teams split the season series. Things can really get tangled up if Plano West loses and 1) both Prosper and McKinney win - that would force a three-way tie for third and fourth place and cause a couple of tiebreakers to be used - or 2) if Plano West loses and either Prosper or McKinney win - that would cause tiebreakers to be used to settle which team would be third and fourth.
5-5A: Timberview had this district locked up a while ago, but seeds two through four are a little unsettled. Clarity will be made when Mansfield Legacy (4th) and Crowley (2nd) square off Tuesday. Crowley is up a game on and already beat Legacy once this year. A win by Crowley and Centennial (3rd) will invoke tie-breaking procedures to determine which team will be second and the other team third. If Legacy beats Crowley and Centennial loses as well, a three-way tie will be settled to determine which team will be seeded where heading into the playoffs. If Legacy and Centennial both win, a tiebreaker will be used to seed Legacy and Crowley in the final two playoff spots