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Road to state for Bobcats runs through defending champs

January 24, 2014 - Andy Heintz
When I asked Marshalltown boys' basketball coach Scott Smith what he thought about his team's substate draw, his answer was simple. He was so busy with his latest challenge -- on that night Cedar Falls -- that he hadn't yet looked it up. But when he was filled on who he potentially could be playing, he couldn't help but feel good about the Bobcats' chances. Sure, in the way of their chance at a state berth, is the two-time defending champion Iowa City West. But for the most part, the draw is favorable. Right now, Iowa City West easily has a hold of the top seed. Joining the Trojans with a first-round bye would be Iowa City High, which is just one game above .500 at 6-5. Cedar Rapids Prairie is the third seed but only boasts a 4-8 mark. Marshalltown is the four seed at 3-11 and Newton (4-8) and Ottumwa (1-11) also in the field. The Bobcats' first-round matchup if the season ended today would be Newton. MHS already beat the Cardinals by double-digits earlier this season. The winner of that game faces Iowa City West and the other winner between the Bulldogs and Prairie will get City High in Round 2. Smith said he hopes his Bobcats can play their best basketball at the end of the season. But don't expect him to look ahead at the postseason. He won't. For now, I can speculate and look ahead to future matchups. Enjoy the final games of the season.


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