Road to Peoria: Class 1A/2A breakdown

Road to Peoria: Class 1A/2A breakdown

Class 2A

Salt Fork Regional

Who's there: No. 1 St. Joseph-Ogden (24-3), No. 4 Salt Fork (22-7), No. 7 Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (17-10), No. 10 Villa Grove/Heritage (13-17)

Of note: Top seed SJ-O has already defeated its regional semifinal opponent, Villa Grove/Heritage, once this season when the Spartans handed the Hawks a 72-45 loss on Jan. 9. ... ALAH will match up with Salt Fork in the second semifinal game tonight after SJ-O and VG/H tangle. The Knights and Storm have not met this season. ... SJ-O is looking to get back on track as far as regional success goes, having won five straight crowns before missing out last season. The Spartans, who won the 2016 Class 2A state title, bowed out in their postseason opener a year ago, falling to Paxton-Buckley-Loda in a regional semifinal game.

Who wins the title on Friday night: St. Joseph-Ogden. While Salt Fork has homecourt advantage, the Spartans have been the most consistently successful team in this regional and have too many scoring options to be stopped by any of these foes.

Tuscola Regional

Who's there: No. 2 St. Teresa (20-6), No. 3 Oakwood (19-9), No. 5 Meridian (15-13), No. 6 Warrensburg-Latham (13-13)

Of note: Coach Craig Black's Oakwood squad has rolled since the calendar turned to 2018. Following a 44-41 loss to Tuscola on Dec. 30 in the fifth-place game at the Monticello Holiday Hoopla, the Comets reeled off 13 victories in their final 14 games, culminating in a 72-49 triumph at Schlarman this past Friday that earned Oakwood a Vermilion Valley Conference title. ... The Comets are the only local team still left standing in Tuscola after the host Warriors and Argenta-Oreana lost on Monday night. Oakwood faces Meridian in tonight's second semifinal at 7:30 p.m.

Who wins the title on Friday night: Oakwood. The Comets are playing some impressive, team-focused hoops right now and have all the confidence in the world. It'll be enough to take down anyone in this part of the bracket, even St. Teresa.

Hoopeston Area Regional

Who's there: No. 2 Monticello (22-1), No. 3 Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley (24-3), No. 6 Paxton-Buckley-Loda (14-12), No. 10 St. Thomas More (11-16).

Of note: This gauntlet of a regional features two squads that won conference championships in Monticello (Illini Prairie) and GCMS (Heart of Illinois). The Sages and Falcons could have met in the Monticello Holiday Hoopla final earlier this season, but Monticello suffered its lone loss to date, against Ridgeview, during pool play to nix that setup. ... PBL owns some key victories that allowed it a stronger seed than might be expected. The Panthers have doused Oakwood, La Salette and Watseka this year, all over-.500 foes. They'll face Monticello in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game the Sages won. ... St. Thomas More pulled off a stunner on Monday night, defeating the host Cornjerkers. STM has three separate two-game win streaks this season, but has never won three games in a row this season.

Who wins the title on Friday night: Monticello. Coach Kevin Roy's boys are playing their best at the right time, and while a potential matchup with GCMS would produce a thrilling game, the Sages can play any style better than a majority of opponents.

Class 1A

Milford Regional

Who's there: No. 1 Cissna Park (20-8), No. 3 Milford (19-7), No. 5 Judah Christian (22-4), No. 8 Fisher (15-14), No. 9 Armstrong-Potomac (7-23), No. 12 Schlarman (1-21).

Of note: Of the eight losses this season for Cissna Park, five have either come in a tournament or shootout setting. ... Judah Christian has perhaps the best record among any five seed in the Class 1A tournament and won its first East Central Illinois Conference title last week. The high-scoring squad put up 122 points in a December game and has tallied at least 71 points in seven of its last eight showdowns. ... The up-and-down season for Fisher is currently up. The Bunnies avenged a regular-season loss to Uni High on Monday night and have won three of their last four games. ... Armstrong-Potomac hung close with Judah Christian earlier this season, only losing 74-67 on Dec. 1.

Who wins the title on Friday night: Milford. The host Bearcats are solid enough to overcome this field. And they'll do so with big man Jacob Thompson leading the way.

Windsor Regional

Who's there: No. 2 Central A&M (18-8), No. 3 Mulberry Grove (18-9), No. 5 Okaw Valley (15-13), No. 6 Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg (13-15), No. 8 Tri-County (8-20), No. 9 Chrisman (6-20).

Of note: Most of Tri-County's successes have come in bunches this year, with three wins over its first four games and another three straight in late December when it advanced to the title game of its own holiday tournament. The Titans won their regular-season finale as well, with Friday's win against Martinsville ending a seven-game losing streak. ... Chrisman's last two games have needed more than 32 minutes for a decision, with the Cardinals defeating Westville in overtime but falling to G-RF the same way.

Who wins the title on Friday night: Central A&M. The final should come down to the leading two seeds, and the Raiders have played better of late.

Decatur Lutheran Regional

Who's there: No. 2 Decatur Lutheran (23-4), No. 4 Mt. Pulaski (19-7), No. 6 LeRoy (15-11), No. 11 Cerro Gordo/Bement (8-19), No. 13 DeLand-Weldon (1-15), No. 14 Decatur Christian (3-20).

Of note: Since improving to 15-7 with seven victories over nine games, LeRoy has struggled with four straight setbacks. The last came against this regional's top seed by a 67-51 margin. ... CG/B has had a difficult campaign, but the Broncos have picked up six of their wins in the last month.

Who wins the title on Friday night: Decatur Lutheran. The Lions have won their last seven games and will prove too much for all of their opponents here.

Streator Woodland Regional

Who's there: No. 1 Ridgeview (24-4), No. 4 Grant Park (14-11), No. 7 Gardner-South Wilmington (11-15), No. 8 Bloomington Cornerstone (14-11), No. 10 Streator Woodland (8-19), No. 11 Normal Calvary (12-9).

Of note: Ridgeview only has losses to fellow HOIC teams and one of the Mustangs' signature wins is handing Monticello its lone defeat this season.

Who wins on Friday night: Ridgeview. This should be pretty straightforward for the Mustangs, winners of four in a row.