Don Bosco (22-3) vs.
George-Little Rock (19-6)
When: Monday, 11:15 a.m.
Postseason history: Don Bosco hasn't played in the state tournament since 1988 and is making the program's third appearance overall. ... George-Little Rock has two appearances as a combined program with a state title in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2008. George was third in 1934 and Little Rock third in 1984.
Scouting Don Bosco: The Dons are a balanced team that can attack the rim or shoot from the perimeter. Sean McFadden averages 15.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game and is shooting 64 percent from the field. Zach Nie scores 14.8 points and averages 3.2 assists per game and is the Dons' top 3-point shooter with 74 makes at 44.3 percent success. Jack Kelley adds 14.3 points and 5.4 assists and is shooting 40.4 percent from behind the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line. Don Bosco shoots 50.3 percent overall, 37.3 percent from behind the arc and 71.8 percent from the free-throw line. Defensively, the Dons have held 16 opponents to fewer than 50 points this season.
Scouting George-Little Rock: The Mustangs are led offensively by Lucas Nagel (12.6 ppg, 5.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists). Caleb Terhark chips in 10.1 points and a team-best 8.8 rebounds. G-LR is shooting 47.9 percent overall, 35.1 percent from 3-point range and 64.4 percent from the free-throw line.
vs. South Hamilton (24-0)
When: Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Postseason history: A-P is making its sixth appearance as a combined program and first since finishing fourth in 2015. The Falcons were also third in 1997. Aplington won state titles in 1991 and '92 before consolidation. ... South Hamilton is back for the second straight season and eighth time overall. The Tigers were runners-up in 1980 and 1988.
Scouting Aplington-Parkersburg: The Falcons carry a nine-game winning streak to Des Moines. Offensively, Carter Cuvelier averages 19.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals. Alec Oberhauser adds 16.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.0 blocks. Grant Truax (9.1 ppg) and Junior Bodden (8.2 ppg) are among the other offensive options, and Bodden averages 4.8 rebounds and Coby Hoff 4.7 rebounds. The Falcons are shooting 50.7 percent overall, 34.1 percent from 3-point range and 63.6 percent from the free-throw line. A-P averages 13 steals per game and has held 12 opponents to 50 points or less.
Scouting South Hamilton: Balance is key for the Hawks. Conner Hill averages 13.2 points, Logan Peters 12.2, Cole Berg 11.2 and Marco Balderas 14.5. Hill is the top 3-point shooter with 40 makes at 37.0 percent. Peters is shooting 56 percent overall, Berg 61.3 percent and Balderas 53.1 percent. Peters leads the rebounding effort at 5.6 per game while Hill and Berg average 4.6. Balderas averages 3.9 assists, but South Hamilton has six players with 20 or more helpers overall. The Hawks are shooting 50 percent overall 37 percent from 3-point range and 68.3 percent from the line. There haven't been many close games along South Hamilton's undefeated path to state. The Hawks' average margin of victory this season is 18.4 points and they've been in only four games decided by five or fewer points.
Waverly-Shell Rock (18-6)
vs. Mount Pleasant (21-3)
When: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Postseason history: Waverly-Shell Rock is making its 19th state tourney appearance, seventh in eight years and won championships in 2007 and 2013. The Go-Hawks were second in 2011 and third in 2013. Before joining forces, Waverly was an eight-time qualifier with a title in 1944 and a runner-up finish in 1958. ... Mount Pleasant returns for the second straight season and ninth time overall with a title in 2012 and a third-place finish in 2011.
Scouting Waverly-Shell Rock: Defense is the Go-Hawks' strength. They haven't allowed more than 44 points in the postseason and 17 W-SR foes failed to crack 50 this season. Of Waverly-Shell Rock's six losses this season, three came against Class 4A opponents. Luke Velky is the leading scorer (12.3 ppg) with Jack Sewart at 10.4 and Mosai Newsom at 8.7. Velky and Seward are both hitting 36 percent of their 3-point attempts and Newsom is shooting 56 percent overall. As a team, W-SR is shooting 46.7 percent overall, 31.2 percent from 3 and 64.9 percent from the free-throw line. Jacob Bahe is the top rebounder at 5.0 per game and Newsom adds 4.7. Five Go-Hawks have 30 or more assists on the season.
Scouting Mount Pleasant: The Panthers bring a 10-game winning streak into the tournament. They've limited 10 opponents to fewer than 40 points and surrendered just 25 each to their first two postseason foes. Their three losses have come at the hands of Cedar Rapids Xavier, Dubuque Hempstead and Cedar Rapids Washington, none by more than eight points. Brady Sartorius is the offensive star at 23.0 points per game. He's shooting 52.2 percent overall, 38.1 percent from 3-point range and 87.8 percent from the line. Jordan Magnani adds 14.7 points per game. Kieran Kohorst is the leading rebounder at 4.4 per game, and Sartorius leads the team in assists at 4.6 per game. Sartorius also averages 2.8 steals.
Cedar Falls (18-5)
vs. S.C. East (19-3)
When: Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.
Postseason history: Cedar Falls is in for the ninth time with a top finish of third place in 1987. The Tigers last made the tournament in 2016 and placed fourth. ... Sioux City East owns 18 previous state tourney appearances and is coming off a third-place finish a year ago. The Black Raiders were champions in 1934 and 2002 and runners-up in 2012.
Scouting Cedar Falls: The Tigers have been in their share of close games in the Mississippi Valley Conference with eight games settled by 10 points or less, including a pair of one-point defeats and a one-point win over defending state champ Iowa City West. A.J. Green averages 25.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals. The University of Northern Iowa recruit is shooting 51.2 percent overall, 49.1 percent from 3-point distance and 93.4 percent from the free-throw line. Logan Wolf adds 12.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Jack Campbell is the leading rebounder at 6.0 per contest. As a team, Cedar Falls is shooting 50.4 percent overall, 39 percent from 3 and 72.6 percent from the line.
Scouting Sioux City East: The Black Raiders are an explosive team that averages 74.4 points per game while shooting 52 percent overall, 42.1 percent from 3-point land and 73.7 percent from the line. They've topped 80 points nine times this season and surpassed 90 four times while losing only to Sioux City Heelan by 11 points, Sergeant Bluff-Luton by one and Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington by six. Six-foot-six senior Van Rees is the scoring leader at 17.7 ppg, shooting 59.1 percent overall. Aidan Vanderloo chips in 16.7 points per game and is 50 of 91 from behind the 3-point arc, and Jack Peterson is at 9.1 ppg. Rees is also the leading rebounder at 8.4 per game. Four players have at least 50 assists.