The Matchup: No. 2 Montverde (Fla.) Academy will play host to Orlando Christian Prep in the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament at 7 p.m. (ET).
Montverde Academy players to watch: LSU-bound big man Ben Simmons (28.2 ppg, 12.5 rpg) is considered the No. 1 player in the country. Senior guard Marcel Ponitka is solid at point guard and junior guards Blake Harris and Howard Washington Jr. are big contributors.
Orlando Christian Prep players to watch: Senior guard Mike Tolbert is the team’s leading scorer at 19.6 points a game. Forward Josh Raoul (16.1 ppg) is another key scorer.
What to expect: Montverde (23-1), which has won 12 in a row and whose only loss was to No. 13 Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.), isn’t likely to lose in its own tournament. Still, OCP (14-8), which is the defending 2A state champion and has played (and lost to) Blanche Ely (Fort Lauderdale) and DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) — two other teams currently in the Super 25 — isn’t likely to come in intimidated. In 2012, Montverde defeated OCP 49-40 for the MAIT title. The winner goes on to meet the winner of tonight’s game between Constitution (Philadelphia) and Wasatch Academy (Mount Pleasant, Utah).