In Iowa, Class 4A boys' basketball has 48 teams divided into 6 different conferences fighting it out throughout the basketball season. Now, that number has depleted to only 32 teams after the 1st round of sub-state tournament play last Monday. After this Friday night, February 28, that number will be only 16. After March 4, the 8 teams remaining will make up the Class 4A state tournament bracket.
6 Area Davenport schools remaining in the chase are North Scott Lancers of Eldridge, Pleasant Valley Spartans, Bettendorf Bulldogs, Davenport West Falcons, Davenport Central Blue Devils, and Muscatine Muskies. North Scott and Bettendorf are both sitting on top with 20-1 records. They share a feat of having only 1 loss during the regular season with one other Class 4A team, Dubuque Senior. North Scott's only loss was to Bettendorf, while Bettendorf's only loss was to another remaining contender, Davenport Central. Pleasant Valley is 14-8, Davenport West is 5-17, Davenport Central is 12-9, and Muscatine is 10-12.
Match-ups Friday night will be Pleasant Valley at North Scott, Davenport West at Bettendorf, and Muscatine at Davenport Central. Besides the win-loss records favoring the home teams, the offense versus defense scoring might also tip in the home teams' favor. In the Pleasant Valley and North Scott game, North Scott brings the Mississippi Athletic Conference best offense and defense by scoring an average of 66.8 points per game while only giving up 42.1. Pleasant Valley brings the conference's 3rd best defense by yielding only 47.6 points per game, but they might not be able to outscore the Lancers, because the Spartans only scores 52.2 points per game.
In the remaining two games, Bettendorf averages 63.8 points a game while only giving up 42.7, while Davenport West only scores close to 50 points per game, but they give up 62.7. Davenport Central scores 60 per game, while giving up 58.7. Muscatine scores 52.5 per game and gives up 57.5.
There should be plenty of chances to catch area basketball post-season action, including the 3 games mentioned above. Even though the home teams are heavily favored, just like in any sport, on any given night, you never know the outcome, which is why each game is played through. For the seniors on each team, it could be their final chance to shine.