Friday’s semifinals: No. 5 Madison Memorial (23-3) vs. No. 9 Stevens Point (22-4), 6:35 p.m.; No. 4 Brookfield Central (24-2) vs. No. 12 Hartland Arrowhead (21-5), 8:15 p.m.
Saturday’s championship: Semifinal winners, 8:30 p.m.
Coach: Steve Collins (19th year, 379-92).
Starters: G Billy Wilson, 6-0, sr., 6.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg; G Logan Knecht, 5-11, sr., 6.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg; F Matt Caropreso, 6-7, sr., 6.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg; F Jake Ferguson, 6-6, sr., 8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg; F Chris Knight, 6-8, sr., 15.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg.
About the Spartans: Memorial, which has won 14 consecutive Big Eight Conference titles, is at state for the 10th time since 2004, including state titles in 2005, 2009 and 2011. The team started out 4-2, but won four games in four days against highly regarded opponents in a holiday tournament in Florida as part of a 19-1 run. Defense is this team’s trademark, as it has allowed more than 55 points just once and averages 54.1 ppg on offense and 41.2 ppg on defense. Knight, a Dartmouth recruit in his second year at Memorial after a transfer from DeForest, has 81 blocks and 33 steals. The team averages 7.0 blocks and 33.8 rebounds per game. Ferguson is a University of Wisconsin football recruit.
Coach: Scott Anderson (ninth year at Stevens Point, 156-46).
Starters: G Drew Blair, 6-3, jr., 19.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg; G Beau Rosenthal, 6-1, sr., 11.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg; F Joey Hauser, 6-8, jr., 23.8 ppg, 11.5 rpg; F Keon’te Williams, 6-3, sr., 7.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg; F Andrew Erdman, 6-3, jr., 5.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg.
About the Panthers: Stevens Point is the two-time defending state champion but lost eight seniors, including seven regulars, to graduation. The lone returning starter, Hauser, suffered an early ankle injury that sidelined him for 11 games. The team went 10-1 in his absence, and then had to adjust after his return, losing to powers Cretin-Durham Hall of St. Paul, Minn., La Crosse Central and Middleton. But the team has won six straight since, and Anderson said it reached a high point in Saturday’s 76-61 dismantling of top-ranked, previously unbeaten Oshkosh North. Hauser is a blue-chip recruit (his brother, Sam, is a standout freshman at Marquette), and Blair leads the team with 80 assists while shooting 56.4 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from 3-point range.
Coach: Dan Wandrey (third year with the boys program, 28-20).
Starters: PG Gage Malensek, 5-10, so., 20.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg; G Andres Peralta-Werns, 6-2, jr., 14.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg; G Sam Rohde, 6-2, sr., 10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg; G Cole Nau, 6-2, so., 10.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg; F Chris Post, 6-2, sr., 5.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg.
About the Lancers: Wandrey went 226-142 in 16 years as Central’s girls coach before replacing the retired Mark Adams as the boys coach in 2014. His Lancers are very young, but won the Greater Metro Conference, built a pair of 10-game winning streaks and beat Milwaukee City Conference powers Riverside and Vincent in sectional play. Malensek was given the starting point guard job as a freshman and this year has led the team in scoring and assists (126), with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4 to 1. Wandrey said he has evolved into a complete player this year, adding outside shooting and defensive skills to his strengths in ball handling and driving. Three other Lancers average in double figures. Nau leads the team in rebounds and is second in assists, and Rohde shoots 47 percent from 3-point range.
Coach: Craig Haase (17th year, 282-125).
Starters: PG Trevell Cunningham, 5-11, sr., 15.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg; G Tommy Durand, 6-0, sr., 6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg; F Ben Seefeld, 6-4, sr., 17.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg; F Alec Hamilton, 6-6, sr., 11.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg; Sam Given, 6-7, sr., 3.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg.
About the Warhawks: Arrowhead’s 7-4 start included a brutal non-conference schedule producing losses to traditional powers Wisconsin Lutheran, Milwaukee Riverside, Oshkosh North and Middleton. The team has gone 14-1 since then, winning the Classic 8 Conference. The Warhawks’ motor is point guard Cunningham, a Division II Lindenwood University recruit who leads the team with 121 assists with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.24 to 1. The Warhawks lost to Middleton, Oshkosh North, Milwaukee Riverside, Wisconsin Lutheran and Muskego. Seefeld leads the team in scoring and Hamilton is the top rebounder.