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A closer look at Tuesday's Class 4A boys' basketball substate finals

Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Grant Griffin (3), Cedar Rapids Prairie's Kris Murray (4), and Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Michael Gallagher (12) try to grab a loose ball during Kennedy's substate semifinal win Friday at Prairie. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Grant Griffin (3), Cedar Rapids Prairie's Kris Murray (4), and Cedar Rapids Kennedy's Michael Gallagher (12) try to grab a loose ball during Kennedy's substate semifinal win Friday at Prairie. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Previewing Tuesday’s area high school boys’ basketball Class 4A substate finals. Winners advance to the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, March 5-9.

Linn-Mar (13-11) vs. Muscatine (15-8)

When: 6:30 p.m

Where: U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

Scouting Report: Linn-Mar advanced to the state tournament every year from 2004 to 2012, winning its quarterfinal game each time, but hasn’t qualified since 2012. The Lions hadn’t won more than two games in a row prior to this current five-game win streak. Linn-Mar upset sixth-ranked Pleasant Valley in the substate semifinals, 55-46. Junior forward Trey Hutcheson leads the team in scoring (18.0 points per game) and rebounds (7.0 per game). Senior guard Jacob Robertson (son of head coach Chris Robertson) averages 11.1 points and is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range

Muscatine has not qualified for state since 2002. Everyone knows the Muskies’ best player, 6-foot-6 senior Joe Wieskamp, the University of Iowa signee. He averages 33.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game and has made 190 free throws, second in the state. Senior guard Jackson Foulk averages 9.2 points per game, the only other Muskies player to average more than four points.

No. 2 Iowa City West (17-4) vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (11-12)

When: 8 p.m

Where: U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids

Scouting Report: These teams played Jan. 30, at Iowa City, with West winning, 72-35. Two of West’s losses have come to out-of-state teams Bishop Miege (Kan.) and Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.). They also have lost to Cedar Falls and Dubuque Hempstead. Iowa recruit Patrick McCaffery leads the defending 4A champions with a 20.4 scoring average. He is shooting 53 percent from the field. Senior center Seybian Sims averages 14.9 points and junior guard Dante Eldridge 11.7

Kennedy has gotten to this point despite having leading scorer Derrick Diggins removed from the team in late January. The Cougars also had two starters quit after the first game. Senior guard Jackson Foley made two free throw with 1.2 seconds left to give Kennedy a 53-52 win at Cedar Rapids Prairie in a substate semifinal. Sophomore forward Jack Wetzel leads the Cougars in scoring (13.5 ppg). Kennedy finished fourth in 4A at last year’s state tourney.

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