Northwest Cabarrus (18-9), the SPC's co-regular season and tournament champion, will have the top seed out of the conference, meaning they should play at least two homes games if they can survive and advance.
The Trojans, who didn't even make the playoffs out of the North Piedmont conference last year, have gotten better and better down the stretch and have a star in UNC Charlotte-bound Justin Seager (right), and a solid cast of players behind him.
Mount Pleasant (15-10), who tied Northwest for the SPC crown, also has a talented roster, but the team has fought the injury-bug all season.
Now, the Tigers are as healthy as they have been all year and with at least a first-round home game, the team should have a shot to make some noise in the first trip to the 3A playoffs.
The Trojans have a lot of momentum coming off the SPC regular season and tournament titles in the past few weeks. But for coach, Joe Hubbard and company, everything starts over in the playoffs.
But with seniors like Justin Seager, Jon Wallace and Taylor West leading the way, Northwest has the leadership to help them make a deep run. But after missing the playoffs altogether last season, the experience is a little bit lacking.
The Trojans' brackets sets up favorably for the first two rounds, but will get considerably harder if they can advance past that, where 3A heavyweights like Charlotte Catholic (19-3) and Marvin Ridge (16-8) could await.
After faltering a little bit down the stretch with a loss to A.L. Brown in the SPC semifinals, the Tigers will definitely be hungry to make up for what has been a little bit of disappointing regular season, because of injuries.
But the Tigers are an experienced playoff team in 2A ball, where they made it all the way to the state semifinals last year before falling to Patton.
In that run, senior Matt Barrier and juniors Grayson Atwood and Brandon Burris were huge, and they need to replicate the success at the plate for the Tigers to make a similar move.
Taking on the 3A bracket won't be easy with teams like Weddington and East Rowan looming in possible second and third round match-ups. But with a more complete roster and clean slate, the Tigers could look better than they have all season.
Hickory Ridge, Concord and A.L. Brown will all have to fight for their playoff lives on the road in the postseason, which more often makes for a short stay in the 3A bracket.
Hickory Ridge (12-11) will have the best chance of the three at getting a road win playing at Harding (5-16), the ME-GA 7 conference No. 2 seed.
Concord and A.L. Brown face a different challenge as both travel to face two of the top teams in the state. For the Spiders to beat East Rowan or the Wonders to take down Catholic, it would take a major upset.