No. 4 West High (20-3) vs. No. 10 Southeast Polk (18-4)
West High begins its quest for a third straight state title against a Southeast Polk team making its first state tournament appearance since its runner-up finish in 2010.
The Trojans have been dominant this season, winning its 20 games by a Class 4A best 25 points per game.
West High has been efficient on offense this season shooting a 4A tournament field best 56 percent from the floor.
Unlike the past two season when West High went a combined 52-0, the Trojans enter the state tournament with blemishes on its record.
West High lost 68-47 at Dubuque Senior on Jan. 10 and also dropped games to Minneapolis DeLaSalle and 3A qualifier Dubuque Wahlert.
Southeast Polk returns to state after surviving a substate that featured No. 5 DM North and No. 7 Johnson.
The Rams knocked off Des Moines North in the semis and Des Moines Roosevelt in substate finals.
Southeast Polk is driven by seniors Nick Jeffries (17.5 ppg) and Tucker Kaman (17.2 ppg), who account for better than 52 percent of the Rams offense, more than any other 4A duo.
No. 2 Bettendorf (22-1) |vs. Urbandale (14-10)
Bettendorf has reached the state semifinals in five of the last 10 years, including a runner-up finish last year and returns to state intent on finishing the job this season.
The Bulldogs have been one of the better defensive teams in the state this season, ranking second in Class 4A allowing just more than 41 points per game.
Bettendorf is the only team in the 4A field with four players averaging double figures, led by 6-foot-7 senior Nicholas Baer at 14.5 points per game.
Seniors Dylan Sortillo (12.5 ppg) and Cole Clearman (11.5 ppg) have combined to make 100 3-pointers this season while shooting better than 47 percent from beyond the arc.
Urbandale returns to the state tournament for the second straight season playing its best basketball of the season.
The J-Hawks started the year 4-8 but have won 10 of their last 12 games, including an upset of No. 6 Waukee in a substate semifinal.
Junior Brody Egger leads Urbandale in scoring at 14.5 points per game and is shooting better than 88 percent from the free-throw line.
The J-Hawks have made a living at the charity stripe this season, attempting a 4A tournament field best 517 free throws this season while converting at a 4A best 78 percent clip.
No. 1 Dubuque Senior (22-1) vs. West Des Moines Valley (15-8)
The Rams are hoping the third time is the charm.
Dubuque Senior is making its third straight state tournament appearance after falling to eventual champion West High in last year’s semifinals.
All of the pieces are in place for the Rams to make another deep run this season.
One of the tallest teams in the state, Dubuque Senior is a matchup nightmare for opponents with all five starters over 6-foot-3.
The Rams have used their length to lead Class 4A in rebounding with more than 36 boards per game.
The starting front court of 6-foot-9 posts Seth Bonifas and Luke McDonnell and 6-foot-5 Iowa football recruit Lucas Legrand combines to average 32 points and 19 rebounds per game.
Dubuque Senior is 4-0 against state tournament qualifiers with its lone loss a 68-61 setback to Marian Catholic of Chicago.
Valley is back at state for the second time in the past three seasons but hasn’t won a game there since 1999.
The Tigers lost five of eight to end the season but beat Waukee 62-55 to end the regular season and then upset No. 9 Ankeny Centennial in a substate final.
Valley’s substate final win over Ankeny Centennial came after the Tigers lost the regular season meeting between the two teams by 28 points.
No. 8 Sioux City North (21-3) vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (18-5)
Sioux City North avenged a regular season loss to Sioux City East with a 74-57 win in the substate finals to reach the state tournament for the first time since 2008.
The Stars will try to snap a five-game state tournament losing skid against Kennedy as Sioux City North attempts to win a game at state for the first time since 1983.
Sioux City North enters state tournament play as the highest scoring team in Class 4A this season at 73.7 points per game and riding an 11-game winning streak.
Sioux City North’s three losses have come to Sioux City East, Linn-Mar and Nebraska state tournament qualifier Omaha South.
Kennedy returns to the state tournament for the first time since 2008 after knocking off No. 2 North Scott in the substate finals.
A close game may favor the Cougars, which have had 18 of their 23 games decided by single digits and have won 14 of those games.