Eden Prairie coach David Flom smiles after a play during the Eagles' 79-78 victory over Lakeville North on Jan. 11. Phtoto by Brian Nelson
Eden Prairie missed making a return trip to the Class 4A state tournament when it lost to Hopkins 77-64 in the Section 6 championship last year.
The Eagles return several players who could help the team avoid that type of slip-up this season.
Eden Prairie, No. 8 in the latest Minnesota Basketball News poll, already has posted a big victory, defeating Rosemount 80-51 in the season opener Nov. 29.
The Eagles welcome a Prior Lake team primed to pull off an upset.
The Lakers lost to No. 9-3A Waconia 72-60 in their season opener, but have shown an affinity for playing close games against top Class 4A teams.
Eden Prairie escaped with a 63-62 regular-season victory over Prior Lake in January, and the Lakers nearly upset Shakopee in the Section 2 semifinals two months later. The Sabers defeated Prior Lake 73-69 in overtime.
The Eagles may enter Tuesday's matchup as the favorite but cannot overlook the Lakers, a team that has proven to play top teams tight, making this matchup our Top Game of the Week.
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