Maryland 2A vital stats
• 48 teams
• State semifinals: Mar. 14, 7 and 9 p.m., Comcast Center
• State finals: Mar. 15, 6 p.m., Comcast Center
• Defending champs: Edmonson/Westside
No teams in the 2A North region come from the Post’s coverage area, but this should be an intriguing bracket. No. 1 seed Patterson could face former 1A power Dunbar (Baltimore) in the regional quarterfinals, and though Dunbar isn’t as much of a deep-run mainstay as it was in 1A, Patterson can’t be happy to see the experienced Poets so early in region play. Randallstown, the other No. 1 seed in the North, went 19-3 this season and knocked off Patterson during the regular season. Western STES (14-5) could also make noise in the North.
Contenders: Potomac (18-3) Gwynn Park (15-7), Oakland Mills (18-3)
Potential games to watch:
— Patuxent vs. Oakland Mills — region semifinal, Mar. 5
— Largo vs. Gwynn Park — region quarterfinal, Mar. 3
— Largo/Gwynn Park vs. Potomac — region semifinal, Mar. 5
The 2A South may be the most grueling region of any in the Maryland boys’ tournament this year. To say Largo has “upset potential,” for example, is sort of like saying No. 5 Duke had upset potential over No. 1 Syracuse last week: it would be an upset by ranking only, and not at all surprising. Potomac, Gwynn Park, Largo and Douglass have beaten up on each other all season, and while Potomac ended up winning the league, the Wolverines fell to each of those other three teams at some point this year. Whichever team emerges from the Prince George’s County half of the 2A South bracket will be the favorite to win the region, but they’ll have to get by a strong Oakland Mills team that features explosive big man Mamadou Ndiaye. If the Scorpions end up facing off with Largo in the regional final, buy your tickets ahead of time for what will be an exciting dunk display by Lions’ big man Abdulai Bundu and Ndiaye. Regular-season chaos aside, Potomac’s ridiculous depth (five potential Division I basketball recruits) should carry the Wolverines — state runners up in 3A last year — back to Comcast Center.
Just one Post team — Poolesville (17-5) — falls in the 2A West region. Top seeds Oakdale (18-3) and Century (18-2) boast strong resumes, but with a balanced scoring attack and disciplined defense, the Falcons shouldn’t find themselves out of their element in a potential region semifinal matchup against Century or a final against Oakdale. Oakdale, a state semifinalist last year, is the likely 2A West favorite.
No Post teams in the 2A East region either. Top seeds North East and Easton, as well as Patterson Mill, Wicomico (a state finalist last year), Harford Tech and Kent Island all have the potential to go deep in this region.
Big 2A picture
Potomac has the deepest, most experienced, and most balanced roster of any team in Maryland 2A, which makes the Wolverines the favorites for a state title. But they have shown bouts of inconsistency, which could be fatal in a region as unforgiving as the 2A South. Randallstown and Patterson could also make runs at the crown, meaning that the state semifinal pitting the South against the North is likely to yield the eventual state champion. Oakdale is the most experienced and potent contender from the other side of the bracket. If there’s going to be a surprise state champion, it will likely be in 2A, though since it’s hard to expect anything but chaos, a surprise would be somewhat unsurprising.