McCauley noted that the Bruins like to push the tempo, scoring in the 80s three times and the 90s three times.
“They just flat out score,” he said. “They’re a good 3-point shooting team, they’re a good driving team, they’re a good offensive-rebounding team. They’re very fast and athletic on defense. They rebound probably better than any team we’ve faced, and they turn teams over.”
Junior guard Tayler Persons leads the Wildkats at 17.4 ppg, followed by guard/forward LaBradford Sebree at 15.1, and forward Erik Bowen at 9.9. Bowen leads on the glass at 6.6 rpg.
Tipton (19-2) at Western (12-7)
The Blue Devils took the No. 1 spot in Class 2A last week but fell to Frankfort in their opening game as the top-ranked team, then rebounded to beat Cass.
With attacking wing Mike Crawford leading the way at 28 ppg, and point guard Blake Hoover adding 11 ppg, the Blue Devils have rolled through the regular season. Tipton owns a win over Class 4A No. 8 Kokomo and its only losses are to the Hot Dogs and Class 4A No. 2 Columbus North.
“They’re a very impressive team,” Western coach Bart Miller said. “The Crawford kid, outstanding player. He’s going to keep our hands full all night. [Tipton has] good complements around him. Hoover and [Mason] Degenkolb, the guards, they’re able to knock down 3s and put it on the floor and drive, and they’ve got good complements inside in [Nate] Friend and [Luke] Shively.”
Western enters on a two-game happy streak with close wins against Lafayette Jeff and Cass.
“They seem to be really coming together as a team,” Tipton coach Brad Dickey said. “They’ve got great talent. They’ve picked up a couple of extra scorers over the last couple games which makes them more dangerous. [Western has] good guards, and they’ve got the size they need.”