Detroit — Tuesday night's boys basketball quarterfinal between Macomb Dakota and Midland is a contrast in success.
Dakota is 25-0 and in line to challenge No. 1 U-D Jesuit in the Class A semifinals for a shot to win the state championship this weekend.
Midland is a surprise team still playing, entering the postseason 14-6 before knocking off Saginaw for its first regional title since 1979.
But, Midland’s last of an impressive winning record isn’t the first thing Dakota coach Paul Tocco notices.
“(Midland has) some good size, 6-6, 6-7,” Tocco said. “And they play the game the right way.”
Dakota is led by point guard Jermaine Jackson, guard Steven Marshall and 6-foot-8 sophomore Thomas Kithier.
But its defense could be key stopping Midland point guard Payton DeWildt.
Pick: Dakota by 6
All games 7 p.m. unless noted
Detroit U-D Jesuit (25-0) vs. Ypsilanti Community (22-1), 5 p.m. at Calihan Hall: Mr. Basketball Cassius Winston is on a mission to win a state title. Jesuit by 7
North Farmington (22-2) vs. Sterling Heights Stevenson (20-4), at Calihan Hall: North Farmington has a strong backcourt (Jacob Joubert, Billy Thomas, Amauri Hardy) that can handle Stevenson’s quickness and pressure defense. North Farmington by 5
Hudsonville (19-5) vs. Lansing Everett (15-10), at Lansing Eastern: Hudsonville finally knocked out Muskegon after losing three straight regional finals. Everett rallied from an eight-point deficit in its regional final. Hudsonville by 3
Detroit Henry Ford (17-6) vs. New Haven (22-2), at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore: Henry Ford PG James Towns knows how to take his team to the semifinals. Henry Ford by 2
River Rouge (22-3) vs. Williamston (21-3), at Charlotte: River Rouge sent Onstead and C Austin Davis (second, Mr. Basketball) packing. Up next is Williamston, which ousted defending champ Wyoming Godwin Heights. River Rouge by 3
Essexville Garber (17-8) vs. Big Rapids (22-2), at Bay City Central: Look for Christian Hector to continue his strong play for Big Rapids. Big Rapids by 3
Stevensville Lakeshore (18-7) vs. Hudsonville Unity Christian (16-8), at Vicksburg: Lakeshore big man Braden Burke is its big threat. Lakeshore by 4
Detroit Loyola (20-5) vs. Hanover-Horton (23-2), at Tecumseh: Loyola has its hands full with Hanover-Horton, which returns double-double machine in Preston Laketa. Hanover-Horton by 2
Kalamazoo Hackett (24-0) vs. Grandville Calvin Christian (19-4), at Bangor: Look for Hackett’s unbeaten season to continue behind Dane Preston. Hackett by 4
Flint Beecher (22-2) vs. Ithaca (23-2), at Troy Athens: Defending champion Beecher continues its run behind Malik Ellison and Aquavius Burks leading the way. Beecher by 10
McBain (25-0) vs. Ishpeming Westwood (12-12), at Petoskey: Craig Sterk will be the difference inside for McBain. McBain by 12
Waterford Our Lady of Lakes (20-4) vs. Marine City Cardinal Mooney (17-7), at West Bloomfield: . Lakes by 6
Wyoming Tri-unity Christian (19-5) vs. Adrian Lenawee Christian (17-6), at Coldwater: Look for Lenawee Christian’s size to be the difference Lenawee Christian by 4
Fulton (18-6) vs. Bellaire (24-1), 6 p.m. at Traverse City West: Gabe Meriwether and Jamal Lockhart have played well for Bellaire. Bellaire by 2
Onaway (21-4) vs. Powers North Central (26-0), at Sault Ste. Marie: Onaway has a big-time scorer in Joe Sigsby, but North Central has the best player in Class D in Jason Whitens. North Central by 10