Here are some of the story lines going into this week's semifinals and finals of basketball playoffs.
According the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section:
* 80.2 percent (better than 4 out of 5) of the higher seeded teams have been victorious, which is pretty close to the norm. Last year was 78.1, the year before was 76.8, the year before that, 75.3 percent.
* The girls have been slightly more predictable with the higher seeds winning 82.5 percent of the time, while the boys' higher seeds have won 78.0 percent of the time.
* Not one division has gone undefeated, but three divisions are 11-1 so far. They are D-2 girls, D-3 girls and D-5 boys. Division I boys, who have yet to play their second round, are 8-1.
* Division 4 (boys and girls) higher seeds have struggled so far, winning only 17 of 24 games (70.8 percent), while the other four divisions have gone 77-16, 82.8 percent.
* The No. 1 seed is still alive in all 10 divisions and the top seven seeds represent 95 percent of the remaining teams. All four top seeds are still alive in three divisions, D-5 boys, D-3 girls and D-5 girls. Three or four of the top six seeds remain alive in all 10 divisions.
* Despite most of the top seeds still playing, there is one Cinderella remaining in the tournament - Burbank boys (Division I-No. 13 seed). The Titans are the only team seeded below 8 still alive.
* Seven of the 10 divisions do not have a single seed below 6 remaining.
* Nine of last year's champions remain alive in the tournament. On the boys' side, Folsom (D-1), Rocklin (D-2), Modesto Christian (D-4) and Forest Lake Christian (D-5) are still playing. On the girls' side, all five champions from last year are still alive - Kennedy, St. Francis, St. Mary's, Christian Brothers and Bradshaw Christian.
* There six possible repeat finals matchups.
* Boys: D-1 - Folsom-Rodriguez; D-2 - Rocklin-Fairfield.
* Girls: D-2 - Oak Ridge-St. Francis (They have met in the finals in both 2007 and '08); D-3 - St. Mary's-Sacramento (They, too, have met in the finals in both 2007 and '08); D-4 - Christian Brothers-Modesto Christian; D-5 - Bradshaw Christian-Wilton Christian.
* Eight different schools have both their boys and girls teams still playing. They are Sheldon, Franklin-EG, Sacramento, Del Oro, Christian Brothers, Modesto Christian, Bradshaw Christian and Sacramento Waldorf. Twelve times boys and girls from the same school have won titles in the same year, last accomplished by Modesto Christian and Sacramento in 2007.
* Sixteen of the 44 remaining teams have never won a Section title in basketball. Eight of those 16 have never been to a finals contest. They are: boys - Enochs, Wood, Whitney, Vista del Lago and Bradshaw Christian; girls - Lodi, Franklin-EG and Argonaut. Five of the eight schools opened this century: Franklin-EG, Enochs, Whitney, Vista del Lago and Bradshaw Christian.
* There is no guarantee of any first-time winners because in every division at least one remaining team is a former champion. In only Division II girls are all four remaining teams former champions. Semifinalists in that division are Oak Ridge (1), Grant (4), Valley (1) and St. Francis (7).
* If St. Francis and Oak Ridge reach the D-2 girls final, it would be a rematch from the past two years. Last year, St. Francis stunned Oak Ridge with a three-pointer at the buzzer, and two years ago the Troubadours beat No. 1 and undefeated Oak Ridge. St. Francis has the longest current SJS playoff winning streak with 10 straight wins.
* If St. Mary's girls beat East Union and Sacramento beats Del Oro, St. Mary's and Sacramento will square off in the finals for the third straight year (they split the past two titles) and fourth time in the past five years.
* In Division IV girls, two interesting possibilities exist. If Christian Brothers and Modesto Christian make the finals, it will be a rematch from last year. However, if Linden and Argonaut prevail in the semifinals, it will be a league (MLL) rematch.
* In Division I boys, Folsom and Sheldon could meet in an all-DRL final; or, Merced and Golden Valley could meet in an all-Merced/CCC final. Four of the eight teams remaining in that bracket have yet to win a Section title.
* In Division II boys, Rocklin and Fairfield could meet in the finals for the second straight year. Or, a Wood-Fairfield final would match two MEL teams.
* If Whitney wins the D-3 title, it would be a football-basketball title combo for the Wildcats. But, to even make the finals, they would have to get past Sacramento, which has been in the last four Division III finals (winning twice). Adding its Division II finals appearance from 2003, the Dragons have been in a Section final five of the past six years.
* Modesto Christian boys have won nine straight Section titles while racking up a record 38 straight SJS playoff wins through this year's quarterfinals.
* The CVCL has three teams among the final four in Division V boys - Sac Waldorf, Forest Lake Christian and Victory Christian. The fourth team in the bracket is No. 1 seed Bradshaw Christian.
* If Bradshaw Christian boys and girls win titles this year (both are seeded No. 1), it would be mark only the fourth time both a boys and girls team from the same school won titles in the same year. And, to make matters even more interesting is that athletic director Mike Ruble coaches BOTH teams!
* Nine coaches with multiple titles to their credit have teams still playing. They are Gary Porter (11), Tom Gonsalves (6), Drew Hibbs (3), Derek Swafford (2), Scott Gradin (2), Steve Taylor (2), Mike Takayama (2), Robb Spencer (2) and Victor Pitton (2).
* The Sac-Joaquin Section has not had a State champion since the Oak Ridge boys stunned Mater Dei to win the 2005 D-2 title.
* Reeves Nelson (Modesto Christian) has moved ahead of MC alum Chuck Hayes into third place on the all-time playoff scoring list with 283 points. He would need a whopping 95 points to top DeMarcus Nelson's record 377 points.
* Sacramento's Chase Tapley (180) and Rocklin's Brendan Lane (180) could join 10 others to surpass 200 points in a playoff career. Tapley has already scored 64 points this year and is within reach of Nelson's one-season record total of 121, set last year.
* The two longest streaks of consecutive playoff appearances for girls' teams were extended, as Bret Harte made the playoffs for the 30th straight year and Colfax made it for the 28th straight year.
* St. Mary's boys moved ahead of Jesuit for the most playoff appearances when the Marauders missed this year's playoffs. The Rams made their 31st appearance this year. Jesuit remains at 30. Jesuit, however, remains comfortably in first with 64 playoff wins, nine ahead of any other school.
Below is some information you might want/need to know as the weekend approaches.
Finals Schedule: At Arco Arena
4:00 p.m. D5 girls Noon D4 girls
5:30 p.m. D5 boys 1:30 p.m. D2 girls
7:30 p.m. D3 girls 3:30 p.m. D4 boys
9:00 p.m. D3 boys 5:00 p.m. D2 boys
7:00 p.m. D1 girls
8:30 p.m. D1 boys