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December 4, 2013

TEN TO WATCH: Pait, Devils ready to get started

High school basketball picks

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newstribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Friday night will be Matt Pait’s debut as the Jeffersonville boys’ basketball coach.

He’s ready and he says his players will be ready when the Class 4A No. 13 Red Devils host Class 3A No. 5 Evansville Bosse on Friday, weather permitting.

“We’re ready to get after it,” he said. “We’re ready to play somebody different. The guys are tired of beating up on each other. They’re ready to see somebody else. This week has really drawn on.”

Bosse, which went 19-6 and won its third straight sectional a year ago, was expected to be one of the top teams in Indiana no matter the class in 2013-14. However, during the summer All-American JaQuan Lyle — who is being recruited by Connecticut, Kansas, Memphis and Arizona — transferred from Bosse to Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

Pait knows the Bulldogs will still be dangerous with four returning starters, including Perry Fairrow, who scored 15 points against the Devils a year ago.

“They’re a really good team,” Pait said. “Without Lyle, they don’t have that go-to guy, per se, but they still have some great players. They will be a great test early in the year.”



GAME OF THE WEEK

BOYS — EVANSVILLE HARRISON (1-1) AT NEW ALBANY (1-0)

DAY/TIME: Saturday, 8 p.m.

RANKINGS: Harrison — Class 4A No. 2 AP; No. 2 IBCA.

LAST 10 YEARS: Tied 5-5 (Harrison has won three straight).

LAST YEAR: At Harrison 66, New Albany 62.

REASON TO WATCH: Evansville Harrison is ranked No. 2 — and for good reason. The Warriors feature three Duncan brothers who all present serious challenges to the Bulldogs. New Albany’s road win over Bloomington South was arguably the most impressive win of any local team in the last week. Beating Harrison would certainly be an even louder a statement. Playing the game at the Doghouse give New Albany chance.

THE PICK: Evansville Harrison 70, New Albany 64.



THURSDAY

GIRLS — JEFFERSONVILLE (4-1, 0-1 HHC) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (1-3, 0-2 HHC)


TIME: 7:30 p.m.

RADIO: WFIA-94.7 FM

LAST 10 YEARS: Jeff 12-5.

LAST YEAR: At Jeffersonville 56, Floyd Central 45 (regular season); Floyd Central 62, Jeffersonville 48 (sectional).

REASON TO WATCH: This will be an interesting showdown. Jeff is 4-1 and Floyd is 1-3, but no one believes the Red Devils are 2 1/2 games better than the Highlanders. Floyd Central has had a tough schedule and shown signs of being a really good team. The Red Devils are off to a great start under Mike Warren, but the schedule gets considerable harder for the rest of December.

THE PICK: Floyd Central 59, Jeffersonville 56.



FRIDAY

BOYS — EVANSVILLE BOSSE (0-0) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (0-0)


TIME: 8 p.m.

RADIO: WXVW-1450 AM.

RANKINGS: Bosse — Class 3A No. 5 AP; Jeffersonville — Class 4A No. 13 AP; No. 15 IBCA.

LAST 10 YEARS: Jeffersonville 3-1.

LAST YEAR: Jeffersonville 65, at Bosse 64.

REASON TO WATCH: It’s Jeffersonville’s season opener, and therefore, the first chance to see what should be a solid Red Devil team. It’s also the debut for Matt Pait as the boys’ head coach.

THE PICK: Jeffersonville 80, Bosse 62.



BOYS — SILVER CREEK (2-0, 1-0 MSC) AT CLARKSVILLE (2-0, 0-0 MSC)

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

RANKINGS: Clarksville — Class 2A No. 10 AP.

RADIO: WFIA-94.7 FM

LAST 10 YEARS: Silver Creek 11-6 (Clarksville has won four straight).

LAST YEAR: Silver Creek 45, at Clarksville 42.

REASON TO WATCH: Along with Brownstown Central and perhaps a couple others, Clarksville and Silver Creek expect to battle for the Mid-Southern Conference title. Both are off to 2-0 starts and appear to be fairly even teams. Creek will hold an advantage in size with the Generals sporting the superior backcourt.

THE PICK: Clarksville 63, Silver Creek 57.

 

BOYS — BORDEN (2-0, 0-0 SAC) AT LANESVILLE (1-1, 0-0 SAC)

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

RANKINGS: Borden — Class 3A No. 3 AP.

LAST 10 YEARS: Tied 8-8 (Borden has won five straight).

LAST YEAR: At Borden 76, Lanesville 68 (regular season); At Borden 59, Lanesville 50 (sectional championship).

REASON TO WATCH: If the Braves are going to get a challenge in the SAC, it’s probably going to come from Lanesville. Borden has been impressive so far, but this is a tough road game in what promises to be a harsh environment for the mostly inexperienced Braves.

THE PICK: Borden 68, Lanesville 55.

 

BOYS — ROCK CREEK (2-0) AT NEW WASHINGTON (0-0)

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

RANKINGS: Rock Creek — Class A No. 23 AP.

LAST 10 YEARS: Rock Creek 8-3 (Rock Creek has won four straight).

LAST YEAR: At Rock Creek 58, New Washington 45.

REASON TO WATCH: It’s the debut for New Wash, which is one of the biggest mysteries heading into this season. The Mustangs don’t have much experience but they’re probably more skilled and talented than the past few seasons. Going up against a big, athletic Rock Creek team will be a good initial test.

THE PICK: Rock Creek 70, New Washington 47.

 

SATURDAY

BOYS — FLOYD CENTRAL (0-1) AT SILVER CREEK (2-0)


TIME: 7:30 p.m.

RADIO: WFIA-94.7 FM

LAST 10 YEARS: Floyd Central 7-3 (Floyd has won six straight).

LAST YEAR: At Floyd Central 55, Silver Creek 50.

REASON TO WATCH: Floyd lost its opener 67-57 to Clarksville, but there was a lot to like from the young Highlanders. They’re more skilled than they have been in a while and Mark Lieberman is going to turn them into winners before it’s all said and done. Going to Sellersburg and getting a win may be too much to ask this early in the season, however.

THE PICK: Silver Creek 67, Floyd Central 61.



BOYS — PROVIDENCE (1-0) AT MADISON (1-0)

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

RANKINGS: Providence — Class 2A No. 8 AP.

LAST 10 YEARS: Providence 6-4 (Providence has won three straight).

LAST YEAR: At Providence 48, Madison 24.

REASON TO WATCH: Every other year, this is a good back-to-back road test for the Pioneers. After games at Austin in Friday and at Madison on Saturday, this young Providence team should better know where it stands. Madison appears to be much improved after coming off a 51-point win over rival Southwestern.

THE PICK: Madison 67, Providence 62.

 

GIRLS — CORYDON CENTRAL (2-2, 0-1 MSC) AT SILVER CREEK (1-3, 1-1 MSC)

TIME: 1:30 p.m.

LAST 10 YEARS: Corydon 12-4 (Silver Creek has won 3 of last 5).

LAST YEAR: At Corydon Central 51, Silver Creek 35.

REASON TO WATCH: The Dragons may be closer to breaking out than they appear. There’s not much varsity experience on the roster, but there’s some talent. If Kelsi Scott and Hannah Mattingly can stay out of foul trouble, Creek can win this game in their gym.

THE PICK: Silver Creek 47, Corydon Central 45.

 

GIRLS — SCOTTSBURG (4-1, 2-0 MSC) AT CHARLESTOWN (2-1, 1-0)


TIME: 7:30 p.m.

LAST 10 YEARS: Scottsburg 9-1 (Scottsburg has won three straight).

LAST YEAR: At Scottsburg 84, Charlestown 46.

REASON TO WATCH: Charlestown has already beaten Corydon Central and pushed Austin into overtime on Wednesday. Beating Scottsburg would be huge and could get the Pirates back in the MSC race. It won’t be easy. The Warriorettes already beat North Harrison by 25 points then went to Austin and beat their rivals by 19 points.

THE PICK: Scottsburg 65, Charlestown 50.