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January 9, 2014

TEN TO WATCH: Devils & Dogs

Rivalry game should be best in a while

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CROTHERSVILLE — FRIDAY

GIRLS — PROVIDENCE (10-3) AT CLARKSVILLE (3-9)

• TIME: 6 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Providence — Class 2A No. 14 ICGSA.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Providence 13-9.

• LAST MEETING: Providence 53, Clarksville 50 (Charlestown Holiday Tournament, first round).

• REASON TO WATCH: Clarksville proved that it’s capable of competing with good teams in a close loss to the Pioneers in the holiday tournament. Providence is closing in on its first winning season in a decade.

• ANALYSIS: Conventional wisdom would say that the Generals have an opportunity for an upset at home after playing Providence so close on a neutral court last week. I expect the young Pioneers will take Clarksville more seriously and play much better.

• THE PICK: Providence 60, Clarksville 46.

 

BOYS — PROVIDENCE (6-1) AT CLARKSVILLE (7-1)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WNDA-1570 AM.

• RANKINGS: Providence — Class 2A No. 8 AP; Clarksville — Class 2A No. 4 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Providence 14-5.

• LAST MEETING: Clarksville 49, Providence 46 (Silver Creek Holiday Tournament, first round).

• REASON TO WATCH: Every Clarksville-Providence game turns into an instant classic. Last week’s 49-46 General victory was no exception. Why should we expect anything different on Friday. Providence coach Lou Lefevre has proven to be one of Southern Indiana’s best coaches. Jason Connell is becoming part of that conversation.

• ANALYSIS: Clarksville will probably be a little too much at home. The March meeting Paoli could be a different story.

• THE PICK: Clarksville 57, Providence 50.

SATURDAY

GIRLS — CHARLESTOWN (8-2, 3-1 MSC) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (11-, 5-0 MSC)

• TIME: 1:30 p.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Brownstown 8-7 (Brownstown has won 6 of the last 7 meetings).

• LAST YEAR: At Charlestown 44, Brownstown 36.

• REASON TO WATCH: The MSC title could be on the line. The winner could be the in driver’s seat.

• ANALYSIS: Last year, the Pirates turned their season around with a big win over the Braves. This year, Charlestown has been much stronger in the first half of the season. So has Brownstown.

• THE PICK: Brownstown Central 61, Charlestown 59.

 

BOYS — BORDEN (7-1) AT SILVER CREEK (5-2)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Borden — Class A No. 3 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Silver Creek 2-0.

• LAST YEAR: Silver Creek 60, at Borden 51.

• REASON TO WATCH: After a long layoff, the rivalry has resumed. This year both teams enter with strong resumes. This should be one of the weekend’s most competitive games.

• ANALYSIS: Last year, Silver Creek beat the eventual state champions on their home floor. This year the game is in Sellersburg and the Dragons should certainly be considered the favorites after their 5-2 start.

• THE PICK: Silver Creek 68, Borden 60.

 

GIRLS — NEW ALBANY (3-8, 0-2 HHC) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (4-7, 0-3 HHC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WNAS-88.1 FM, WFIA-94.7 FM.

• LAST 10 YEARS: New Albany 8-4.

• LAST YEAR: At New Albany 69, Floyd Central 64 (2OT).

• REASON TO WATCH: It’s Floyd County’s biggest girls’ basketball rivalry. The records aren’t great, but a win on Saturday could begin to change the fortunes for either team.

• ANALYSIS: Floyd Central is a disappointing 4-7, but the Highlanders are too talented not to beat the Bulldogs at home.

• THE PICK: Floyd Central 65, New Albany 55.

 

TUESDAY

BOYS — ROCK CREEK (5-5) AT CHARLESTOWN (1-6)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Charlestown 3-2 (Charlestown has won two straight).

• LAST YEAR: Charlestown 54, at Rock Creek 50.

• REASON TO WATCH: Rock Creek may be a sectional contender after all. The Lions scored 110 points in one game and beat their third ranked team at the Richmond Wettig Tournament. A win at Charlestown could be another big one.

• ANALYSIS: Rock Creek has a ton of talent and athleticism. The Lions lack a little skill and experience. They could use a big road win.

• THE PICK: Rock Creek 70, Charlestown 65.

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