Saddleback College will play Cypress in an early first-place showdown tonight at 7:30 in an Orange Empire Conference men's basketball game at Cypress.
Cypress (20-5, 3-0) is ranked fifth in the state and Saddleback (15-6, 3-0) eighth. The teams were picked as favorites to win the conference title.
Cypress starts five returning sophomores, including forwards Jeff Green (15.5 points a game) and Kris Brodowski (13.6). Sophomore guard Jim Sammon is averaging 13.6 points.
Vincent Smalls, a sophomore forward, leads Saddleback with an average of 15.2 points a game, and freshman guard Joe Hudson is averaging 11.1.