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February 13, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Braves look to recover against rival Clarksville

New Albany goes to Bedford for HHC finale; Jeff has tough double weekend




Clarksville (14-4) at Borden (14-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday

Rankings: Clarksville — Class 2A No. 6 AP; Borden — Class A No. 9 AP.

• Series last 15 years: Clarksville 9-6.

• Last year: Borden 58, at Clarksville 55 (OT).

• Analysis: As Doc Nash said, this really should be a great game. The problem for Borden is, it really doesn’t have to scorers to keep up with Clarksville at home. The Generals just have so many weapons. Anyone on the court can beat you. The matchups really favor Clarksville. The best is ahead of Borden. Unless the Braves lay an egg like they did on Saturday, they’ll be a huge favorite to win another sectional title.

• Greg’s Pick: Clarksville 65, Borden 55.


New Albany (10-6, 3-2 HHC) at Bedford North Lawrence (8-10, 3-3
HHC), 7:30 p.m.

• Series last 15 years: New Albany 13-9.

• Last year: Bedford North Lawrence 50, at New Albany 44 (regular season); Bedford North Lawrence 48, New Albany 38 (sectional semifinal).

• Analysis: The Bulldogs are on a roll now. I expect that to maintain through the rest of the regular season.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 78, Bedford NL 60.

Trinity, Ky. (24-4) at Jeffersonville (16-3), 7:30 p.m.

• Rankings: Trinity — No. 8 in Kentucky; Jeffersonville — Class 4A No. 14 AP; No. 17 IBCA.

• Series all-time: Tied 5-5 (both teams are 5-0 at home in the series).

• Series last 15 years: Trinity 1-0.

• Last year: At Trinity 61, Jeffersonville 54.

• Analysis: Last year’s Kentucky state champions aren’t quite as potent as a year ago. However, the Shamrocks have won 17 straight and are getting it done on the defensive end. I’ll still take Jeff at home.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 74, Trinity 71.

Corydon Central (13-5, 6-2 MSC) at Silver Creek (8-10, 3-5 MSC), 7:30 p.m.

• Series last 15 years: Tied 9-9.

• Last year: Silver Creek 60, at Corydon Central 43.

• Analysis: If the Dragons can pull this one off, they should head into the tournament with a seven-game winning streak. That won’t be easy, though.

• Greg’s Pick: Corydon Central 61, Silver Creek 53.

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