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Bracket Breakdown: South Sectionals

Here is our breakdown of the MIAA boys basketball South Sectional brackets. Contributing picks are student assistant Chris Bradley, BeantownHoops.com founder Rob Sarmiento, and correspondent Josh Perry.

DIVISION 1 SOUTH

Favorites: Mansfield (20-2), BC High (17-3)

Contenders: Newton North (18-3), New Bedford (15-5), Taunton (15-5)

Sleepers: Marshfield (13-4), North Quincy (15-5), Barnstable (14-5), Franklin (15-7), Catholic Memorial (13-7), Brookline (12-8), Brockton (12-8)

Overview: Mansfield and BC High head into the bracket as the de facto favorites, but this field is loaded with traps. Three first round games to watch in particular are Catholic Memorial at Taunton, Brockton at Marshfield and Brookline at New Bedford. Any of those six teams could steal two games in this tournament, along with unheralded squads like Franklin, Barnstable and North Quincy. Some argue BC High is playing the best ball of the bunch right now, led by the backcourt of Jameilen Jones and Charles Collins, but Mansfield has held the No. 1 spot in ESPNBoston.com's statewide poll for three weeks running. Many will likely pen Brockton as a first-round upset of Marshfield, what with the return of Brockton point guard Jaylen Blakely, and the unknown timetable for Marshfield's Alex White (wrist).

Hall’s Upset Special: Brockton over Marshfield

Bradley’s Upset Special: Natick over North Quincy

Breakout Tournament Star:

Brendan Hall: Obi Obiora, Jr. C, Brookline

Chris Bradley: Tyree Weston, Soph. G, New Bedford

Rob Sarmiento: Tommy Mobley, Soph. G, Newton North

Josh Perry: Ryan Boulter, Soph. G, Mansfield

Pick a winner:

Hall: Mansfield over BC High

Bradley: BC High over Mansfield

Sarmiento: BC High over New Bedford

Perry: Mansfield over BC High

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DIVISION 2

Favorites: Nobody

Contenders: Everybody

Sleepers: Nobody

Overview: Might as well pick a winner out of a hat. That's how wide open this bracket is. If D2 North is open for the abundance of talent, then D2 South may be considered as such for the lack thereof. No high seed is safe (Scituate, Randolph, Dennis-Yarmouth), and no low seed is out of contention (Sharon, Dorchester, Oliver Ames, Boston English). Of interesting note to watch is D-Y, which won the Atlantic Coast League title outright and has won 14 of its last 15 after a 2-3 start, to lock up the No. 2 seed. They're one of the hottest teams in the state right now, and have some quality athletes to back it up. Meanwhile Whitman-Hanson, once considered a favorite for a top seed, must find a way to right a ship that has lost 5 of 9 since Jan. 25. Overall, expect a lot of upsets in this one...but really, can you call them upsets when there's no favorites?

Hall’s Upset Special: Quincy over Randolph

Bradley’s Upset Special: Hopkinton over Somerset-Berkeley

Breakout Tournament Star:

Hall: Ernie Chatman, Fr. G, Boston English

Bradley: James Tereau, Sr. F Dennis-Yarmouth

Sarmiento: Dakari Wornum, Sr. C, Dorchester

Perry: Jimmy Fritzson, Jr. G, Sharon

Pick a winner:

Hall: Dorchester over Sharon

Bradley: Dennis-Yarmouth over Hopkinton

Sarmiento: Dorchester over Scituate

Perry: Scituate over Whitman-Hanson

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DIVISION 3

Favorites: Wareham (19-1), Rockland (17-3)

Contenders: Bishop Feehan (17-3), Cardinal Spellman (17-3), Norton (15-5)

Sleepers: Greater New Bedford (15-5), Case (14-5), Martha’s Vineyard (14-5), Dighton-Rehoboth (13-7), O'Bryant (12-8)

Overview: At one point, it almost seemed destiny that Wareham and Rockland would meet at UMass-Boston for the South district title. Now, the two squads are on the same side of the bracket, thanks to Rockland's losses to Monomoy (twice) and East Bridgewater. For everyone else, that means it's open season. Spellman, led by Rory Donovan, has won 10 in a row since a Jan. 17 loss to Westport. Feehan has quietly won eight straight since a Jan. 26 loss to Vineyard, over that time allowing just 47.8 points per game with an average margin of victory over 15.1 points. Also look out of GNB, D-R and O'Bryant, who some say are playing their best ball of the year right now.

Hall’s Upset Special: Burke over Ashland

Bradley’s Upset Special: O’Bryant over Bishop Feehan

Breakout Tournament Star:

Hall: Mike Nelson, Fr. G, Bishop Feehan

Bradley: Joseph Farrell, Jr. F, O’Bryant

Sarmiento: Ryan Roach, Jr. G, Cardinal Spellman

Perry: Mike Nelson, Fr. G, Bishop Feehan

Pick a winner:

Hall: Wareham over O’Bryant

Bradley: Wareham over Cardinal Spellman

Sarmiento: Cardinal Spellman over Rockland

Perry: Wareham over Bishop Feehan

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DIVISION 4

Favorites: Westport (18-2), Cohasset (16-4)

Contenders: Cape Cod Academy (16-2), Pope John Paul II (14-2), Mashpee (14-6), Bishop Connolly (14-6), Monomoy (11-9)

Sleepers: Holbrook (14-4), West Bridgewater (14-6), Avon (12-8)

Overview: This should be an enticing field to work with. At the top are favorites Westport, which endured an ambitious non-league slate, and Cohasset, which as usual is stacked with quality shooters. But it gets interesting the way down. Monomoy, in its first year of existence following the merger of Chatham and Harwich, holds two wins over South Shore League champion and D3 favorite Rockland. Meanwhile Mashpee, led by 6-foot-5 senior Bourne transfer Nakia Hendricks, boasts one of the more athletic lineups in the Cape & Islands region.

Hall’s Upset Special: Monomoy over Bishop Connolly

Bradley's Upset Special: Monomoy over Pope John Paul II

Breakout Tournament Star:

Hall: Nakia Hendricks, Sr. F, Mashpee

Bradley: Shane Haggerty, Sr. G, Cohasset

Sarmiento: Nakia Hendricks, Sr. F, Mashpee

Pick a winner:

Hall: Westport over Monomoy

Bradley: Cohasset over Monomoy

Sarmiento: Westport over Mashpee