The class of the talented field is No. 5 Edmondson, seeded fourth with a 18-4 mark, with Owings Mills also in the way.
The bottom half of the bracket includes No. 13 Lake Clifton (15-7), the defending Class 2A state champion, and Randallstown (17-5).
In the South region, No. 10 Oakland Mills (22-0) enters the playoffs with a perfect record for the second time in three years.
In the 2010-11 season, the Scorpions went 25-0 before falling to Gwynn Park in the regional title game.
Gwynn Park remains in the mix to challenge Oakland Mills, along with Largo and Calvert.
Joppatowne is having an excellent season in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference and earned the top seed in the East.
In the West, South Carroll will look to make a return trip to state semifinals as the third seed.
Players to watch: Oakland Mills senior forward Lavon Long; Edmondson senior guard Darrius Walker; Randallstown senior guard Ahmaad Wilson; South Carroll senior forward Gavin McTavish; Edmondson senior guard Isaiah Tripp
The Class 1A playoffs always brings the same question -- can any team stay close with three-time defending champion Dunbar?
The No. 2 Poets (20-2) -- the top seed in the South region -- are primed to win the program's 15th state title, which would set them apart from any other school. The Poets' 14 state titles ties them for the most in the state with Allegany.
Fellow City teams Ben Franklin-Masonville and Forest Park will try to get in Dunbar's way.
In the North region, No. 11 New Town (19-2) earned the top seed to put the Titans in position for a return trip to the state title game. Last year, Dunbar defeated New Town, 60-36.
Players to watch: Dunbar senior guard Daxter Miles; Dunbar senior guard Kamau Stokes; New Town junior guard Danny Shand; Forest Park junior guard Rysheed Corbin; Ben Franklin-Masonville senior guard Gabe Shongo