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Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens

Nick Stevens, a Raleigh native, is the senior editor of HighSchoolOT.com. Nick has covered high school sports for WRAL since 2006, and helped create what is now HighSchoolOT.com. In his blog, Nick provides insight and analysis on area high school sports teams, players and topics. He also provides his opinion on numerous issues surrounding high school sports. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStevensHSOT. You can contact Nick by clicking here or by sending an e-mail to nstevens@wral.com.

3-A Boys Basketball Playoff Projections: Final Version


Feb 20, 2015

Justin Reid (23) of Cardinal Gibbons attempts a lay-up. Southern Durham held on to defeat Cardinal Gibbons 54-50 on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The win forces a tie for first place in the Big Eight Conference between the two teams. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/HighSchoolOT.com)

Justin Reid (23) of Cardinal Gibbons attempts a lay-up. Southern Durham held on to defeat Cardinal Gibbons 54-50 on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The win forces a tie for first place in the Big Eight Conference between the two teams. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/HighSchoolOT.com)

The regular season and conference tournament week has concluded, and HighSchoolOT.com is now ready to project the final 3-A boys basketball state playoff brackets.

Teams are allowed to play up to 24 games in the regular season, but teams will report 22-game records. The first games to be dropped from a team's record are non-conference losses, followed by non-conference wins. Under no circumstances can conference games be dropped.

There are numerous ties in these projections. We do not try to project the winner of ties because it is impossible to accurately project the winner of a coin flip. Instead we believe it is best to show you all the possible scenarios. That is why you will see multiple teams listed in some seeds and some teams listed in multiple places.

To report errors, please email Nick Stevens at nstevens@wral.com.

Updated: Feb. 20, 10:40 PM

3-A East

(1)

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It's time for high school basketball to drop conference tournaments


Feb 18, 2015

Chris Clemons (3) of Millbrook. Millbrook's boys basketball team clinched the Cap 8 Conference title with a 74-46 win over Leesville Road on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/HighSchoolOT.com)

Chris Clemons (3) of Millbrook. Millbrook's boys basketball team clinched the Cap 8 Conference title with a 74-46 win over Leesville Road on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/HighSchoolOT.com)

When you say it's conference tournament week it has a little kick to it. Or at least it should. But in North Carolina it doesn't.

Conference tournaments are one of the most meaningless big deals in North Carolina high school sports. You can't ignore them because they're conference tournaments, but they don't really mean anything because they seldom affect in the big picture.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association uses the overall record of teams to seed the state playoffs. First they take all the regular season conference champions and seed them in order based on their overall winning percentage. After that, they do the same thing with all the second place teams, then the third place teams. The remaining spots are filled by at-large teams based on their overall winning percentage, regardless of where they finish in their conference standings.

All teams report a 22-game record to the NCHSAA for the state playoffs. Some teams played as many as 24 games though.

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4-A Girls Basketball Playoff Projections: Final Version


Feb 20, 2015

Kai Crutchfield (5) of Millbrook with the ball. Millbrook's girls basketball team came away with a 51-41 win over Broughton on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/HighSchoolOT.com)

Kai Crutchfield (5) of Millbrook with the ball. Millbrook's girls basketball team came away with a 51-41 win over Broughton on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (Photo By: Nick Stevens/HighSchoolOT.com)

The regular season and conference tournament week has concluded, and HighSchoolOT.com is now ready to project the final 4-A girls basketball state playoff brackets.

Teams are allowed to play up to 24 games in the regular season, but teams will report 22-game records. The first games to be dropped from a team's record are non-conference losses, followed by non-conference wins. Under no circumstances can conference games be dropped.

There are numerous ties in these projections. We do not try to project the winner of ties because it is impossible to accurately project the winner of a coin flip. Instead we believe it is best to show you all the possible scenarios. That is why you will see multiple teams listed in some seeds and some teams listed in multiple places.

To report errors, please email Nick Stevens at nstevens@wral.com.

Updated: Feb. 20, 3:35 PM

4-A East

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4-A Boys Basketball Playoff Projections: Final Version


Feb 20, 2015

Garner High's Julius Barnes (10) goes in for a layup. The Trojans of Garner High School defeated the Warriors of East Wake High School  74-66 in overtime played in Wendell, N.C. on January 23, 2015. (Photo By: Dean Strickland, OD/HighSchoolOT.com Contributor)

Garner High's Julius Barnes (10) goes in for a layup. The Trojans of Garner High School defeated the Warriors of East Wake High School 74-66 in overtime played in Wendell, N.C. on January 23, 2015. (Photo By: Dean Strickland, OD/HighSchoolOT.com Contributor)

The regular season and conference tournament week has concluded, and HighSchoolOT.com is now ready to project the final 4-A boys basketball state playoff brackets.

Teams are allowed to play up to 24 games in the regular season, but teams will report 22-game records. The first games to be dropped from a team's record are non-conference losses, followed by non-conference wins. Under no circumstances can conference games be dropped.

There are numerous ties in these projections. We do not try to project the winner of ties because it is impossible to accurately project the winner of a coin flip. Instead we believe it is best to show you all the possible scenarios. That is why you will see multiple teams listed in some seeds and some teams listed in multiple places.

To report errors, please email Nick Stevens at nstevens@wral.com.

Updated: Feb. 20, 8:40 PM

4-A East

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2A Boys Basketball Playoff Projections


Feb 9, 2015

Brandon Ingram (13) of Kinston. Kinston High School competed against Apex High in the 43rd Annual HighSchoolOt.com Holiday Invitational Tournament at Broughton High School on December 29th, 2014. The Apex Cougars fought hard, but the Kinston Vikings took the win with a final score of 75 - 68. (Photo By: Lexi Baird / HighSchoolOt.com Contributor)

Brandon Ingram (13) of Kinston. Kinston High School competed against Apex High in the 43rd Annual HighSchoolOt.com Holiday Invitational Tournament at Broughton High School on December 29th, 2014. The Apex Cougars fought hard, but the Kinston Vikings took the win with a final score of 75 - 68. (Photo By: Lexi Baird / HighSchoolOt.com Contributor)

HighSchoolOT.com is making an attempt at basketball playoff projections with one weeks left in the regular season.

We will update these projections each week until we get to Seeding Saturday on Feb. 21. Projections could change with each game that is played. 

At the end of the regular season – before the conference tournaments are held – teams will report 22-game records to the NCHSAA. Teams who played more than 22 games will drop non-conference endowment games from their record. Those games will be losses if they have enough non-conference losses to drop. If they do not have enough non-conference losses to drop, they will drop non-conference wins. No conference games can be dropped.

To correct records or standings, please send Nick Stevens an email at nstevens@wral.com.

Last updated: Feb. 9, 2015, at 6:20 PM

2-A East

(1) Farmville Central (19-1)
(32) East Bladen/SouthWest Edgecombe

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