Marcus, Findlay Prep set for big hoops matchup

After conquering Texas last year, Flower Mound Marcus is looking to conquer the nation.

The Marauders -- who return starters Marcus Smart, Phil Forte, Nick Banyard and A.J. Luckey from their 2010-11 Class 5A state championship team -- have a showdown against perennial national power Findlay Prep this weekend.

Marcus, No. 5 in the ESPNHS Fab 50 preseason national rankings, went 39-1 last year and has won its first eight games this year.

Findlay, from Henderson, Nev., is No. 8 in the ESPNHS Fab 50. The Pilots are looking to rebound from what they consider a down season when they went 28-4, losing more games than they did in the previous three years combined.

The Marcus-Findlay game tips off at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

The Marauders will play at the same location Friday night, taking on Lancaster at 7:30 p.m.