West Lyon (9-2) at 3A #5 MOC-Floyd Valley (11-2) These teams played a track meet earlier this year, with MOC-FV winning 87-79, back on December 9. Expect another high-scoring affair here, as both of these teams are putting up huge…
West Lyon (9-2) at 3A #5 MOC-Floyd Valley (11-2)
These teams played a track meet earlier this year, with MOC-FV winning 87-79, back on December 9. Expect another high-scoring affair here, as both of these teams are putting up huge scoring numbers (West Lyon 72.8 points a game, MOC-FV 78.2) and shooting at a highly efficient clip.
Senior wing(17.0, 76.2 FG%) leads a trio of double-figure scorers for West Lyon. Van Wyhe has been incredibly impressive this season, using his size and athleticism to routinely get to the rim for finishes. (12.6, 4.2 assists) and Trevor Ciesielski (9.7, 5.0 assists) have been really good decision-makers, while Darren Meyer (12.4) is another athletic forward who scores at a high clip. The Wildcats are shooting 54% from the floor and 42.2% from behind the arc as a team.
Not to be outdone, the Dutchmen have posted a 55-46-71 shooting splits line so far this season as a team. That type of efficiency, and a trio of players averaging between 17.5 and 18.9 points a game, makes this group incredibly difficult to defend. Junior guard
Our pick: MOC-Floyd Valley 84, West Lyon 77
4A #2 Waukee (13-2) at 4A #7 Centennial (9-4)
Waukee comes into this one riding high off their big 77-55 win over Northwest on Friday night, a game that they were dominant in on both ends of the floor. Centennial rebounded from a rough outing against Valley on Tuesday night with a big win over Omaha Burke (NE) on Friday, 70-36, to get back on track.
Five-star wing(22.7, 11.0 rebounds) has been dominant for Waukee, and Bob Fontana will need to come up with some sort of answer for him in this one. Much easier said than done. (10.6, 7.4 rebounds, 3.1 blocks) is playing extremely well on both ends of the floor, and his rim protection allows the Warriors to play extremely aggressively on the perimeter. (10.1) has provided some good perimeter scoring and playmaking, while the combination of (8.3) and (4.4) in the backcourt has been steady all year, knocking down shots and limiting turnovers. The Warriors can comfortably go nine deep, and they have the best player in the state on their side.
Centennial is led by a strong junior backcourt of
Our pick: Waukee 64, Centennial 56
2A #2 Aplington-Parkersburg (14-0) at 1A #4 Gladbrook-Reinbeck (13-1)
These two teams have been absolutely dominant so far this season, with Aplington-Parkersburg winning games by an average of 32.4 points and Gladbrook-Reinbeck by 31.3 a night. These teams met towards the end of last season, a 73-54 A-P win.
Aplington-Parkersburg is an offensive juggernaut, with three players averaging in double-figures, and another five averaging between 3.6 and 8.8 points a game. They’re led by the dynamic backcourt of(20.7, 43.8 3P%), (17.4, 47.6 3P%), and (8.8, 2.7 steals). The emergence of junior point guard Nick Neuroth (5.4, 4.6 assists) has been big for this group as well, a heady lead guard who is getting others involved at a high clip and who has allowed sharpshooters Hempen and Thomas to operate off the ball more and space the defense. Senior forward (12.1, 8.3 rebounds) has provided a ton of size, athleticism, and physicality for this group, and the Falcons are able to go deep into their bench with quick athletes, allowing them to put constant pressure on opposing teams.
Stat-sheet-stuffing lead guard
Our pick: Aplington-Parkersburg 75, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 62
2A #8 Grundy Center (13-2) at 1A #8 Wapsie Valley (13-1)
The other huge game in the NICL tonight is happening in Fairbank between another pair of ranked teams. Wapsie Valley has won 13 straight since a season-opening loss to Gladbrook-Reinbeck, while Grundy Center has won seven straight. The Spartans have two losses by a combined three points to undefeated Aplington-Parkersburg (71-69) and a solid Jesup team (60-59).
Grundy Center has a really talented 2025 class, led by wing(16.2 points), a versatile 6-5 wing who can score from all three levels and defend multiple positions. The Spartans’ top three scorers – Kirkpatrick, (13.0), and (8.6) – are all sophomores, and two others see significant playing time. This is a young, but very talented team that plays outstanding defense and shares the ball really well, dishing out 17 assists a game.
Wapsie Valley counters with a senior-laden roster led by 6-5 big man
Our pick: Grundy Center 62, Wapsie Valley 59
Pella Christian (10-4) at Norwalk (9-3)
Norwalk won the first meeting between these teams this season, a 54-40 victory back on December 9. Expect this one to be closer. Few teams in Class 2A are playing better basketball right now than Pella Christian, who have won six of their last seven games, with the lone loss coming by three to an Indianola team ranked in the top five in Class 4A. Junior point guard(15.0) is the only player who averages in double-figures for the Eagles, but this is a team that comfortably goes eight or nine players deep, and they have a number of options who can step up on any given night. The pressure that DeVries put on opposing defenses with his quickness and relentless attacking make this team difficult to defend.
Norwalk has won five straight games by an average of 25 points. The Warriors forced 17 turnovers in the first meeting between these teams, using their length and athleticism to cause some chaos on the defensive end. Junior guard
Our pick: Norwalk 66, Pella Christian 60
Other notable games
Solon (9-4) at 3A #4 Marion (12-3)
3A #7 North Polk (11-2) at ADM (8-5)
Monticello (10-5) at Beckman Catholic (10-5)
Denison-Schleswig (9-2) at Harlan (8-3)
Iowa City West (7-6) at Waterloo West (11-2)
Mount Vernon (8-5) at 3A #2 Xavier (10-3)
Pleasant Valley (9-4) at Bettendorf (9-4)
Humboldt (10-2) at Algona (9-4)
Dallas Center-Grimes (8-5) at 3A #8 Newton (7-4)