Perhaps the biggest week in the 2016-17 season, the slate in Wisconsin high school hoops action is about as crucial as it gets. Beginning on Tuesday, a number of high profile matchups will shape conference title races, while others may separate the men from the boys among state title contenders.
Arrowhead (13-4) at Catholic Memorial (13-5)
The top two teams in the Classic Eight Conference collide. Arrowhead has a sizable lead with a 10-0 conference record thanks to an outstanding season from point guard Trevell Cunningham (17.6 ppg). Catholic Memorial comes into Tuesday’s meeting with a 7-3 conference record. The first meeting was tightly contested with Arrowhead surviving 67-62 at home.
Stevens Point (15-2) at La Crosse Central (14-2)
Two heavyweights meet in one of the most anticipated battles of the season. Coming off back-to-back state titles, Stevens Point has survived without their star Joey Hauser for most of the season and appear poised to make another run at the state crown in Division 1. The favorites in Division 2, La Crosse Central is getting a whopping 28.5 ppg from Wisconsin commit Kobe King this season. The previous meeting last season was lopsided in Stevens Point’s favor. Tuesday is expected to be much more contested.
Stoughton (14-1) at Waunakee (14-1)
The top team in the Badger South meets the top team from the Badger North in a rematch from earlier this season. The Warriors took a 74-63 decision at the Badger Challenge and are led by 2018 guard Mitch Listau (22.5 ppg). Stoughton will look to avenge their only loss of the season and will need big things from 2017 point guard Troy Slaby (24.3 ppg).
Madison Memorial (16-2) at Sun Prairie (13-4)
If Sun Prairie can win at home Thursday, they can move within a half game of Memorial depending on Tuesday’s results in the Big Eight Conference. The Cardinals have touted 2020 guard Jalen Johnson back from injury, paired with 2018 wing Marlon Ruffin (19.8 ppg), form one of the top backcourts in the state. The Spartans won a 35-31 game at home earlier this season. Dartmouth commit Chris Knight (14.9 ppg) leads the way for Memorial.
Pewaukee (15-2) at Pius XI (16-2)
Two sleepers that could make a run at the Division 2 title, Pewaukee and Pius XI aren’t being talked about enough. Currently atop the Woodland West standings, Pewaukee’s lone two losses have come to Milwaukee Vincent and Whitnall. Pius XI has knocked off arguably the top team in Division 2, La Crosse Central, and are getting a breakout season from senior sleeper Victor Nwagbaraocha (18.2 ppg)
Onalaska (16-2) at Ripon (16-0)
Ripon looks to stay unbeaten against an Onalaska squad that’s been somewhat of a thorn in the side of top teams this season. Ohio commit Bennett Vander Plas (20.7 ppg) and rising senior Eddie Muench (24.3 ppg) form a dangerous 1-2 combo. Onalaska may not have much star power, but they’re a group of selfless contributors that play well off one another. They’ve had some nice wins, including a double-digit victory over Minnehaha Academy (MN) in January.