The good news for Silver Creek’s boys’ basketball team is that it is 6-0 and the only unbeaten squad in the Mid-Southern Conference.
The bad news is, because of all of the delays caused by the winter weather, the Dragons still have to face the top three teams in the MSC.
Silver Creek (11-4) travels to Class 3A No. 4 Corydon Central (16-2, 7-1 MSC) on Friday before hosting Class 3A No. 8 Brownstown Central (14-3, 6-1) on Tuesday. Then the Class 3A No. 13 Dragons go to Class 2A No. 2 Clarksville (15-2, 7-1) on Thursday.
“It is what it is,” fourth-year Dragon coach Brandon Hoffman said. “Would we like to have more time to prepare for certain conference opponents? Yeah, but ... we’ve been playing pretty well and we have some momentum.”
With wins over all three MSC powerhouses, Silver Creek would earn its first outright conference crown since 1997. By going 2-1, the Dragons would assure themselves of at least a share of their second league crown in three years.
“The good thing is we control our own destiny. We don’t have to worry about what anybody else does. We just have to go take care of our business.”
Creek has another tough test in the middle of the conference race. On Saturday, the Dragons host 3-15 Floyd Central.
“Their record is deceiving,” Hoffman said of the Highlanders. “They’re a dangerous team and our focus is definitely on Corydon this weekend then Brownstown on Tuesday. They’re conference teams, plus you add the fact that Corydon and Brownstown are both sectional opponents — another reason why they are getting most of our attention this week.”
GAME OF THE WEEK
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (9-9, 4-2 HHC) at NEW ALBANY (12-5, 5-1 HHC)
• DAY/TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
• RADIO: WXVW-1450 AM, WNDA-1570 AM, WNAS-88.1 FM.
• LAST 20 YEARS: New Albany 17-10.
• LAST YEAR: New Albany 58, at Bedford NL 49.
• REASON TO WATCH: With a win, New Albany will clinch at least a share of the Hoosier Hills Conference championship. The Bulldogs haven’t won a league title since 2010. They could get some help from rival Jeffersonville next week. If New Albany wins Friday and the Red Devils beat Columbus East at home next Wednesday, New Albany would claim the HHC title outright.
• ANALYSIS: New Albany has struggled on the road at times this season, but it is 8-1 at home. If the Bulldogs play well on Friday, they should have no problem claiming a piece of the HHC championship.
• THE PICK: New Albany 68, Bedford North Lawrence 53.
BORDEN (14-3) at CLARKSVILLE (15-2)
• TIME: 7:30 p.m.
• RANKINGS: Borden — Class A No. 9 AP; Clarksville — Class 2A No. 2 AP.
• LAST 20 YEARS: Clarksville 13-8.
• LAST YEAR: At Borden 56, Clarksville 55 (OT).
• REASON TO WATCH: If it wasn’t enough that both teams are ranked, both are considered state championship contenders and both could be conference champions, there’s also a precedent that this will be a classic. The two teams have gone to overtime the past three years and the last four meetings have all been played to within four points.
• ANALYSIS: Clarksville is the better team. The homecourt advantage should make them a pretty clear favorite.
• THE PICK: Clarksville 68, Borden 64.
SILVER CREEK (11-4, 6-0 MSC) at CORYDON CENTRAL (16-2, 7-1 MSC)
• TIME: 7:30 p.m.
• RANKINGS: Silver Creek — Class 3A No. 13 AP; Corydon Central — Class 3A No. 4 AP.
• LAST 20 YEARS: Corydon 12-11.
• LAST YEAR: Corydon 35, at Silver Creek 34.
• REASON TO WATCH: Silver Creek could put itself within a game of another MSC title. Corydon would clinch a share of the conference championship in its final league game.
• ANALYSIS: Silver Creek is playing very well but probably not well enough to beat Corydon on the road.
• THE PICK: Corydon Central 69, Silver Creek 61.