After a regular season full of snow and uncertainty, things have begun to warm up in time for the playoffs. As the postseason gets ready to start Monday night, teams will begin to fight and claw their way to the Breslin Center. For those lucky enough to advance through the first six rounds of the tournament, a trip to East Lansing awaits. If you aren’t as fortunate however, your season is over.

The Michigan Sports Radio team is going to be covering a handful of games across the area, and our Boys Basketball Round-Up will be available after all the action is complete on Monday, Wednesday and Friday night, so make sure you visit the site for the latest news and highlights!

A preview of the district action is below, with schedules, previews, and predictions.

**ALL GAMES ARE AT THE DISTRICT HOST LISTED UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED**

 

DIVISION 1 DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

Region 3 District 9 at Muskegon

Monday’s Schedule: Reeths-Puffer (15-5) vs Kenowa Hills (13-7) 6:00, followed by Grand Haven (13-7) vs Muskegon (17-3) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Mona Shores (5-14) vs Reeths-Puffer/Kenowa Hills Winner 6:00, followed by Grand Rapids Union (11-9) vs Grand Haven/Muskegon Winner 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship 7:00

 

The Muskegon District is one of the best in our coverage zone, with two members of the Remax-United Power Poll playing on opposite sides of the bracket. On one side of the bracket, we have the Reeths-Puffer Rockets, who finished the regular season with a 15-5 record. They get to take on their OK Black conference foe Kenowa Hills in the opening round. In two contests against the Knights, Reeths-Puffer lost at home in triple overtime 76-71, and they lost 50-46 in the regular season finale. The winner of that plays another OK Black team in the Mona Shores Sailors. In regular season matchups, Kenowa Hills split with Mona Shores, while Reeths-Puffer went 2-0.

On the other side of the bracket, we have one of the traditional powers in the area, the Muskegon Big Reds. They open the home district against the Grand Haven Buccaneers out of the OK Red. These two teams met back on December 18, and Muskegon won 62-43. The winner of their first-round matchup will come back on Wednesday to take on the Hawks of Grand Rapids Union. Entering the tournament with a 11-9 record, Union will try and mix things up in a district that has been dominated by Muskegon over the past decade.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Muskegon

The Big Reds shook off the early season rust and have stormed back to playing their best basketball in the later portion of the season. They look to defend their six-year streak with a district title.

DON’T SLEEP ON: KENOWA HILLS

The Knights have a tough task in the first round with Reeths-Puffer, who was 15-5 this year. The positive for Kenowa Hills is that they knocked off Reeths-Puffer in both of their meetings this year. If they get past the Rockets, they take on a Mona Shores team that they also had success against this year. They did lose to Muskegon twice this year, but the home matchup was a five point contest.

 

Region 3 District 10 at Jenison

Monday’s Schedule: Zeeland East (5-15) vs Hudsonville (18-2) 6:00, followed by West Ottawa (9-10) vs Jenison (8-12) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Grandville (9-11) vs West Ottawa/Jenison Winner 6:00, followed by Zeeland West (15-5) vs Hudsonville/Zeeland East winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

The Jenison District has some interesting storylines to follow, possibly producing key matchups. On the top half of the bracket, you have the host Wildcats taking on West Ottawa in the first round. These former OK Red foes both finished with double digit win totals a year ago, before eventually clashing in the district finals. West Ottawa’s win helped propel them to a run to the Breslin Center. This year, they both enter with worse records, but they have the same goal in mind. The winner squares off with Grandville, who is one of the most puzzling teams to figure out this season. They have had some marquee wins and surprising losses, so their chances hinge on which Grandville team shows up on Wednesday night.

On the other side of the bracket, we have two intriguing matchup possibilities. If Zeeland East scores a massive upset, we have the third rendition of the battle of Zeeland (which West won both by an average of 17 during the regular season). If Hudsonville is to win, we would have two fifteen-win teams squaring off for a shot at the district finals. This would make for one of the most intriguing second round matchups in the area on Wednesday night, as both have shown they could be capable of a big run.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Hudsonville

Even without Max Perez in the lineup, it is hard to pick against the OK Red Champions. They enter the tournament winners of twelve straight games, on their way to an impressive 18-2 regular season.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Grandville

The Bulldogs are such a frustrating team to try and get a read on this season. At 9-11, they may not strike you as a contender for the district title, but diving deeper into their games indicated otherwise. They already defeated Hudsonville 54-49 back in February, and their seeding places them just one win away from a possible rematch.

 

Region 3 District 11 at Wyoming

Monday’s Schedule: East Kentwood (11-9) vs Byron Center (5-15) 6:00, followed by Wyoming (7-11) vs Ottawa Hills (2-16) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: East Grand Rapids (7-13) vs East Kentwood/Byron Center winner 6:00, followed by Caledonia (5-15) vs Wyoming/Ottawa Hills winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

On paper, this is one of the more lopsided districts in the area. Only one team, East Kentwood, enters district play with a winning record. They have defeated three of the teams in the district already, and they have four more wins than the next best team. This district will not be as easy as it seems for the Falcons however. In the first round, they draw Byron Center. At 5-15, things look bleak for Byron Center, but they have been playing their best basketball in the last two weeks. In that stretch they have won three of their five games. In the district semifinals, the winner of that contest will take on East Grand Rapids. The Pioneers have seven wins on the year, with one of them being a 57-45 victory over East Kentwood back in December.

The other side of this bracket features three teams with losing records. Wyoming is the host, and they come in with seven wins. They open play against Ottawa Hills, who has two wins (Cedar Springs and Greenville) on their record this year. The winner of that game gets to take on Caledonia, who has played much better basketball than their record has shown this year. They went winless in the OK Red, but half of those were single digit contests, including a triple-overtime loss to East Kentwood.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: East Kentwood

This district is laid out perfectly for East Kentwood. The toughest hurdle is a seven-win Pioneers team who had their number back in December, but the Falcons are a much different team now. It would be quite an upset to see them fall short of the district title.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Caledonia

The Scots, as mentioned above, had a tough regular season. Someone however must advance through the bottom half of the bracket, and it appears most likely to be the Scots. They have been tested all year in the OK Red, and they hung tough in many of those games. If they were to get to the finals, they already beat Byron Center and had multiple chances to win in triple overtime against East Kentwood.

 

Region 3 District 12 at Greenville (Listen Live to all 5 games)

Monday’s Schedule: Forest Hills Northern (20-0) vs Rockford (12-8) 6:00, followed by Northview (15-4) vs Greenville (4-15) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Forest Hills Central (12-7) vs Forest Hills Northern/Rockford winner 6:00, followed by Cedar Springs (6-14) vs Northview/Greenville winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

There is a lot of intrigue in this district, as there are four teams with 12 wins. Two of these teams square off in the first round as Forest Hills Northern takes on Rockford. The Huskies have completed an undefeated regular season this year, and nineteen of their wins were by double digits. Rockford has the capability to pull off the upset, as they have already defeated Godwin Heights, Muskegon and East Kentwood this season. The winner of that game gets Forest Hills Central, who posted a 12-7 regular season record.

On the other side of the bracket, it appears that Northview will have little challenge to reach the district finals. In the first round, they take on Greenville, who they defeated by 21 and 34 points in two meetings. If they advance, they take on another OK White foe in Cedar Springs, who they beat by 12 and 37 points. If Greenville is able to knock off Northview, they would take on the Red Hawks, who defeated them twice this season.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Forest Hills Northern

The Huskies are 20-0, one of just three undefeated teams left in Division 1. They won nineteen of their games by double digits, and they have already defeated four of the five teams in the district twice. Simply put, it is their district to lose.

 

DON’T SLEEP ON: Forest Hills Central

The Rangers were 12-7 this year, extending their streak of consistent success under first year coach Kyle Carhart. They have already defeated Rockford, Greenville and Cedar Springs this season, and they played both Northview and Forest Hills Northern close in their two conference matchups. It would not surprise me if they were able to avenge one or both of those losses to earn a district championship.

 

Region 4 District 15 at Lowell

Monday’s Schedule: St Johns (3-17) vs Lansing Waverly (8-11) 5:30, followed by DeWitt (16-3) vs Lowell (8-10) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Middleville (3-16) vs St Johns/Lansing Waverly winner 6:00, followed by Grand Ledge (11-9) vs DeWitt/Lowell winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

The Region 4 District 15 bracket is an interesting combination of teams from the OK Conference and teams from the CAAC. On the top half of the bracket, we have the DeWitt Panthers and the host Red Arrows facing off in the first round. The winner of this game will get the Comets of Grand Ledge. In two games this year, DeWitt beat Grand Ledge by an average of four points.

On the bottom half of the bracket, the Redwings of St Johns will take on Lansing Waverly. The Warriors enter the playoffs with eight wins, but they lost to Rockford in the regular season finale. The winner of this game will take on the Middleville Trojans, who enter the postseason with three wins.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: DeWitt

The Panthers enter with the best record in this district, and by a substantial margin. They have had success against teams in this district already. The lone hurdle to a title is the second-round contest against Grand Ledge.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Grand Ledge

The Comets narrowly lost to DeWitt in district play, the closest margins of any team in the field. As the only other team with a winning record, they appear best positioned to challenge for a title.

 

DIVISION 2 DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

Region 10 District 37 at Belding

Monday’s Schedule: Stanton Central Montcalm (9-11) vs Belding (3-15) at 7:00

Wednesday’s Schedule: Alma (15-3) vs Shepherd (9-10) 5:30, followed by Tri-County (2-18) vs Belding/Stanton Central Montcalm winner at 7:30 (Listen Live)

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

In another example of a struggling district, Alma seems to be the run away favorite in District 37. They get a first round-bye before taking on Shepherd in the semifinals. The Bluejays and Panthers faced off twice in the regular season, and Alma had little trouble completing the season sweep.

The other side of the bracket sees a first round game between Stanton Central Montcalm and Belding.

 

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Alma

The Panthers are the clear favorite to win this district. They are the only team with a winning record in this district, and they have had success defeating the second-best team in Shepherd. This would be one of the larger surprises if they were unable to walk away with the title on Friday night.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Stanton Central Montcalm

The Hornets are the sleeper pick to get the district final, in large part as a result of their draw in the tournament. They open with a game against host Belding, who has three wins this season. If they win that one, they then will take on league foe Tri-County, who they defeated by an average of 25 points in two meetings. They then would just need one victory over a team with a superior record (Alma) to get the district championship.

 

Region 11 District 41 at Orchard View

Monday’s Schedule: Oakridge (11-9) vs Montague (10-10) 6:00, followed by Fruitport (3-16) vs Whitehall (9-10) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Orchard View (13-7) vs Fruitport/Whitehall winner 6:00, followed by Spring Lake (5-15) vs Oakridge/Montague winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

The Orchard View district has some very strong teams, so it will be quite a competitive district. In the top half of the bracket, you have a great first round game between Oakridge and Montague. The Eagles won both of the regular season meetings, but they were close contests. The winner of that game will take on Spring Lake, who struggled this season to a 5-15 record.

On the bottom side of the bracket, the host Cardinals get a bye to the semifinals. They will take on the winner of Whitehall and Fruitport, who played in the second game of the season. In that contest, Fruitport was able to win 50-46. Orchard View did not play Whitehall, but they defeated Fruitport during the regular season.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Orchard View

The Cardinals enter the district as the favorite as a result of their season resume and the fact that they are hosting the tournament. They defeated Oakridge and Fruitport during the regular season, and they posted a 6-3 home record throughout the regular season.

 

DON’T SLEEP ON: Oakridge

The Eagles are the favorite on the top half of the bracket to reach the finals. They already defeated Montague twice this year, and Spring Lake has struggled this season. If they get to the finals, they will more than likely square off with rival Orchard View. In their regular season meeting back in December, it was a 58-56 loss at Orchard View, so it would be a fantastic rematch.

 

Region 11 District 42 at Sparta

Monday’s Schedule: Sparta (8-11) vs Grant (11-9) 6:00, followed by Fremont (19-1) vs Comstock Park (5-12) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Newaygo (10-9) vs Sparta/Grant winner 6:00, followed by Coopersville (10-10), vs Fremont/Comstock Park winner at 7:30 (Listen Live)

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

The Fremont Packers are the favorites in this district as a result of their strong regular season. They lost just one game (against Reed City), and they enter the postseason on a 17-game winning streak. In the first round, they will square off against Comstock Park, who struggled in the regular season. The winner of this game will take on Coopersville, who posted an even 10-10 record. If Comstock Park was able to pull off the upset, Wednesday’s game against the Broncos would surely be another classic, as their two regular season games went into overtime.

On the other side of the bracket, the host Sparta opens up with a game against Grant. On December 18, these two played a great game that saw the Spartans come away with a 54-51 victory. The winner will take on Newaygo, who split their season series against Grant. This side of the bracket has the most intrigue, as the teams are very close in terms of talent.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Fremont

The Packers are 19-1, and they are 5-0 against teams in this district. They defeated Sparta once and swept season series against Grant and Newaygo. Their side of the bracket is relatively unchartered territory for them, but they have the horses to make a deep run in the tournament.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Sparta

Though the top side of the bracket is a toss-up, the slight edge has to go to the hosting Spartans. They already defeated Grant during the regular season, and they put up the best fight against Fremont during the regular season matchups.

 

Region 11 District 43 at Forest Hills Eastern (Listen LIVE to all 5 games)

Monday’s Schedule: Forest Hills Eastern (10-10) vs Wellspring Prep (5-13) 5:00, followed by West Catholic (11-8) vs Grand Rapids Christian (15-5) at 7:00

Wednesday’s Schedule: Wyoming Lee (2-17) vs FHE/Wellspring Prep winner 5:00, followed by GR Catholic Central (18-2) vs West Catholic/GR Christian winner at 7:00

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

This district has some of the area’s best teams, but they are all on one side of the bracket. The Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars receive a first round bye, as they aim to return to the Breslin Center. They will take on the winner of the West Catholic and Grand Rapids Christian game in a Grand Rapids City League showdown.

On the other side, the host Forest Hills Eastern has an inside track to the district finals. They take on two teams, Wellspring Prep and Wyoming Lee, that are amongst the weakest in the area. The biggest possible upset would be if the Hawks are not playing on Friday.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Grand Rapids Catholic Central

The Cougars are one of the best teams in the area, and one of the best in the state of Michigan. Last year, they had little trouble in this district on their way to the Breslin Center, and I expect nothing to change. They already defeated Grand Rapids Christian once and West Catholic twice this year.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Forest Hills Eastern

The Hawks are probably the fourth most talented team in this district, but they have the second-best chance to win the title. With such a clear path to the finals, all the Hawks need to do is pull off one upset in the title game, no matter who they face.

 

Region 11 District 44 at South Christian

Monday’s Schedule: South Christian (17-3) vs Kelloggsville (4-16) 7:00

Wednesday’s Schedule: Grand River Prep (10-4) vs West Michigan Aviation Academy (9-11) 6:00, followed by Godwin Heights (15-5) vs South Christian/Kelloggsville winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

In perhaps the best example of why the MHSAA needs a seeded playoff bracket, the South Christian district has two of the area’s best teams. South Christian and Godwin Heights are set on a collision course, in the district semifinals, assuming the Sailors will defeat Kelloggsville. These two both enter the tournament on 14 game win streaks, and they will put on a tremendous semifinal game on Wednesday night.

On the other side of the bracket, Grand River Prep takes on the WMAA Aviators. In their one regular season meeting, the Titans won 67-63.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Godwin Heights

The Wolverines have been one of the area’s best teams over the course of the last decade. This district has always given them tough challenges early, and the Sailors are no different this year. Entering on a 14-game winning streak, I think that their championship game experience and athleticism will be the difference.

DON’T SLEEP ON: South Christian

While most of these picks have been sleepers, there are only two teams that will compete for the district title, and the Sailors are the other. They should have no trouble defeating Kelloggsville to get to the de-facto title game on Wednesday night against Godwin. It will be interesting to see if the home crowd will help spark a defensive effort that will be tested against the fast tempo of Godwin.

 

Region 12 District 48 at Comstock

Monday’s Schedule: Wayland (12-8) vs Otsego (20-0) 6:00, followed by Plainwell (8-9) vs Parchment (9-11) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Comstock (9-9) vs Wayland/Otsego winner 6:00, followed by Hastings (6-13) vs Plainwell/Parchment winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

In another great example for the seeding situation, the three best teams reside on the top half of the bracket. The two strongest, Wayland and Otsego, face off in the first round. The winner of what should be a phenomenal contest, will take on host Comstock in the semifinals. None of these teams played each other during the regular season.

On the other side, Plainwell starts things off by facing Parchment. The winner of that game is slated to take on Hastings, who struggled this year to the worst record in the district. Once again, these teams did not square off in the regular season.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Otsego

Though the Wildcats were a great team, it was hard to pick against undefeated Otsego. They had tremendous success this year, winning eighteen games by double figures. They appear to be the strongest team in the district, with their toughest game in round one.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Wayland

The Wildcats are a fantastic team, and like South Christian above, it would not truly surprise anyone to see them winning the district. When you look at the remainder of the field, the toughest challenge is the first round against undefeated Otsego. Whomever wins that game is the clear favorite to win the district, so if they can pull off the upset, Coach Hudson’s bunch could raise a banner.

 

Region 12 District 45 at Allegan

Monday’s Schedule: Allendale (13-6) vs Unity Christian (17-2) 6:00, followed by Allegan (5-15) vs Hamilton (7-12) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Holland Christian (16-4) vs Allendale/Unity Christian winner 6:00, followed by Hopkins (15-4) vs Allegan/Hamilton winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

One of the most underrated districts takes place in Allegan this week. There are four teams with at least thirteen wins, including the OK Green champion Unity Christian Crusaders. They will take on rival Allendale in the first round, in a rematch of a February contest that saw Unity come away with a big victory. The winner of this game will face Holland Christian, who had a phenomenal year under David Kool. Two of Holland Christian’s four losses were to Unity.

On the other side, Hopkins enters the tournament off one of their best seasons in recent memory. They receive the bye, and will face the winner of Allegan and Hamilton. Both teams struggled this year during the regular season, and none of these three squared off during the regular season.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Unity Christian

The Crusaders are one of West Michigan’s best teams. They had a tremendous year, and defeated Holland Christian, Hamilton and Allendale to rack up seventeen wins.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Hopkins

The Vikings are a great team, but they lost to Godwin Heights twice in single digit games to cost them a shot at the OK Silver championship. They have a favorable second round matchup against either Hamilton or Allegan, and as a result they should be in Friday’s title game with a chance to bring it home.

 

DIVISION 3 DISTRICT PLAYOFFS

District 74 at Kent City

Monday’s Schedule: Western Michigan Christian (9-11) vs Ravenna (14-6) at 6:00

Wednesday’s Schedule: North Muskegon (19-1) vs WMC/Ravenna winner at 6:00, followed by Northpointe Christian (12-8) vs Kent City (11-9) at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

The Kent City district is one of the strongest, as four of its five teams have winning records. The Monday night game sees Western Michigan Christian taking on Ravenna. The Warriors are the lone team without a winning record, but they played a challenging schedule against many teams from Division 1 and 2 throughout the year. Ravenna enters the tournament hot, winners of three of four. The winner will take on North Muskegon, who finished the regular season at 19-1. Both teams lost to the Norse during the regular season, Ravenna having lost twice.

On the other side of the bracket, Northpointe Christian and the host Kent City each get a bye to the semifinals. Coach Redell’s Mustangs had a successful season, and they had a seven-game winning streak at the end of January and beginning of February. Kent City enters the postseason as winners of four of their last six, and they had a 6-4 home record this year.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: North Muskegon

The Norse finished with a 19-1 record in the regular season, and they have already shown success against teams in this district. They have won eleven straight games, and seventeen of their wins were by double figures. They seem poised to make a deep run in the postseason.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Northpointe Christian

The Mustangs and Kent City have a leg up in this tournament, as they get both get a bye to the semifinals. It will be a tremendous contest on Wednesday night, but I think that Northpointe Christian has shown its ability against teams from Division 1 and 2 to believe that they can get the victory. Coach Redell’s Mustangs reached the Breslin Center back in 2015, so he also has the experience on how to prepare for a long playoff run.

 

District 75 at Calvin Christian

Monday’s Schedule: Covenant Christian (7-13) vs Fennville (10-10) 6:00, followed by Holland Black River (3-16) vs Saugatuck (3-17) at 7:30

Wednesday’s Schedule: Potter’s House (18-1) vs Covenant Christian/Fennville winner 6:00, followed by Calvin Christian (8-11) vs Black River/Saugatuck winner at 7:30

Friday’s Schedule: District Championship at 7:00

 

The Potter’s House Pumas are the favorite in this district as they enter with an 18-1 record. They will take on Covenant Christian or Fennville in the second round. The Chargers have been one of the best teams in the area lately, with a pair of runs to Breslin Center, but they are a little less talented this year. Still, their experience makes them a strong threat in the postseason.

On the other side, host Calvin Christian appears to have an easy path to the finals. They take on the winner of Black River and Saugatuck, who each won just three regular season games.

DISTRICT CHAMPION PREDICTION: Potter’s House

The Pumas are a strong team, and they have already defeated Covenant and Black River this season. They enter the playoffs on a twelve-game win streak, and they are ranked state wide.

DON’T SLEEP ON: Calvin Christian

The host Squires play a tough schedule that includes Division 2 Hopkins and Godwin Heights. As a result, their record tends to be a bit lower than their talent would otherwise indicate. They have the first-round bye, and they face a three-win team in the semifinals. They have a tall task against Potter’s House assuming the Pumas get to the title game, but they are a threat to pull off the upset.