The Matchup: No. 13 Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) vs. Waynesville (Mo.)
Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.) Player to Watch: Bishop O’Down enters the Bass Pro Tournament with a target on its back. The coach, Lou Richie, leads his team in with a 7-2 overall record against some serious competition. Yet none of that would have been possible without Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 athletic big man who is one of the hardest matchups in the country. Rabb and his teammates can play, no matter who is on the other side of the ball.
Waynesville (Mo.) Player to Watch: Just as Rabb rules the inside for Bishop O’Dowd, Juwan Morgan does the same for Waynesville. Morgan, an Indiana signee ranked among the top 100 overall recruits in the Class of 2015, can do everything down low. The only question now is whether he can continue his scoring surge against Rabb and co.
What to Expect: This is a clash of the titans in the paint, with Rabb facing off directly against Morgan. It’s one of the biggest trials Rabb has had to take on, and is likely to face before he heads to college. Surrounding that power-on-power matchup down low is a solid tussle between two impressive supporting casts. O’Dowd is likely to have an edge — if nothing else, it can rely on Paris Austin to step forward and take over a game when needed — but it may not be as significant as many anticipate heading into the Bass Pro tournament; after all, Bishop O’Dowd enters the game with a record of 7-2; Waynesville is actually four-and-a-half games better at 11-1 on the season.