Saturday, February 27, 2016

Girls Basketball D-II Tournament Bracket

I figured I'd beat the NHIAA to it. The regular season wrapped up on Friday night for the teams in D-II girls basketball. Here is what the bracket looks like for the tournament, which gets started on Tuesday night with the preliminary round at the home of the higher seeded team.

#1 Portsmouth (18-0) vs. #16 John Stark
#8 Hollis-Brookline vs. #9 Oyster River

#4 Souhegan vs. #13 Timberlane
#5 Hanover vs. #12 Manchester West

#2 Merrimack Valley vs. #15 Windham
#7 Goffstown vs. #10 Bishop Brady

#3 Lebanon vs. #14 St. Thomas
#6 Pembroke vs. #11 Coe-Brown

There were four tie-breakers that came into play. Bishop Brady and Coe-Brown both finished 9-9. They didn't play each other in the regular season (which is surprising since they're located so close to each other geographically). So it went to the second tie-breaker, record vs. tournament teams (including those in a tie-breaker for the last spot). Brady went 7-9 vs. tournament teams, while Coe-Brown was just 4-9. So Brady is the #10 seed, while Coe-Brown is the #11 seed.

Hollis-Brookline and Oyster both finished 10-8. They split the two head-to-head meetings, so it went to the second tie-breaker. Hollis went 8-7 vs. tournament teams, while Oyster River went 8-8, so Hollis gets the #8 seed, and will play at home vs. #9 seed Oyster River in the prelims.

Hanover and Souhegan both finished 14-4. But Souhegan won the regular season meeting, so the Sabers are the #4 seed, while Hanover is the #5 seed. That seeding could be crucial if they match-up in the quarterfinals.

The final tie was for the #16 seed, between Kingswood and John Stark. They didn't play in the regular season, so it went to record vs. tournament teams. Kingswood went 1-12, while John Stark went 2-12 vs. tournament teams. So the #16 seed goes to John Stark, who will play at #1 seed Portsmouth in the prelims. If John Stark beats Portsmouth it would be a monumental upset.

What would not be a monumental upset however, is if #15 seed Windham beats #2 seed Merrimack Valley. Windham played a tough schedule, they had a number of close losses and they are a young team that is rapidly improving. Don't be surprised if they beat MV.

This should be a fun tournament. Obviously Portsmouth is the favorite, but they are beatable and there are a bunch of other dangerous teams in this division. Oyster River, St. Thomas and Windham (each are lower seeded teams) all played Portsmouth tough late in the season.


  1. Can u believe Salem only team to beat Portsmouth and easily beat St Thomas and oyster river in the final of the Christmas tournament. Big difference in talent from D1 to other divisions

  2. Pembroke Academy (DII) beat Salem (DI) in the pre-season Jamboree and beat Dover (DI) and St. Thomas (DII) as well. The talent difference isn't what is so "Big". What is big, is the student population at the DI schools. The larger schools have the ability to see a potentially larger talent pool and turnout at tryouts. They aren't always necessarily better players though.