Austin lost two of its three matchups to Red Wing last season but its one triumph came at the right time. The Packers defeated Red Wing 73-70 in a Class 3A, Section 1 semifinal last season, setting up a section championship and state tourney berth.
Now these Section 1 and Big 9 Conference rivals will meet for the first time this season on Tuesday.
Austin (11-2, 8-1) might have some extra motivation entering Tuesday's matchup, as the No. 4-3A Packers are coming off a 46-42 loss to No. 6-3A Simley at the Rochester Hoops Challenge on Jan. 4.
Red Wing (12-0, 8-0), meanwhile, has dominated its opposition almost the entire season. The No.3-3A Wingers defense has stood out, holding opponents to 43.8 points per game.