The matchup: No. 14 Stevens Point Area (Wis.) at D.C. Everest (Schofield, Wis.) at 8:30 p.m. ET in a Wisconsin Valley Conference game.
Stevens Point player(s) to watch: Trevor Anderson and Sam Hauser are once-in-a-lifetime players for the storied program. Anderson, a 6-2 guard who will attend Wisconsin Green Bay, set the school career scoring record earlier this season and has eclipsed more than 2,000 points. He is averaging 25.4 points per game in league games. Hauser, a 6-7 forward heading to Marquette, is a scorer and a rebounder who would have the school’s career scoring record were it not for his teammate. He is averaging 18.5 points and 8.8 rebounds. Anderson is the No. 1 scorer in the Wisconsin Valley Conference and Hauser is the No. 2 scorer and top rebounder. The team has eight seniors overall who are about to finish an unprecedented run of success. The group has only lost one conference game in four years.
D.C. Everest player(s) to watch: First, kudos on the nickname. The Everest Evergreens rolls off the tongue. Jacob Gebert, a 6-4 senior, is the leading scorer at 15.7 points per game in league games and Riley Peterson, a 6-foot junior guard, also averages in double figures at 11.2 points per game. Gebert also averages 5.2 rebounds per game.
What to expect: The defending state Division I champions seem to have all the talent required to repeat for the first time in school history, but Stevens Point still has some regular season business to attend to before the postseason begins. A year ago, Stevens Point went 27-1 and beat three-time defending champion Germantown in the final for the school’s first state title since 1994. This year’s team has continued that dominance with wins by substantial margins and has already clinched its fourth consecutive conference title. Everest is coming off a 51-46 overtime victory against Wausau East.