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January 15, 2014

10 TO WATCH: Clarksville, Creek looking to stay on top on big MSC Friday

Generals, Dragons both unbeaten in conference play

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — BOYS — NEW ALBANY (6-2, 4-0 HHC) AT MADISON (6-1, 1-1 HHC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WNAS-88.1 FM.

• RANKINGS: New Albany — Class 4A No. 16 AP; Madison — Class 3A No. 13 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: New Albany 10-0 (New Albany has won 14 straight).

• LAST YEAR: At New Albany 56, Madison 47.

• REASON TO WATCH: New Albany is two wins — against Madison and Jennings County — away from at least sharing the HHC title. Madison has seen a resurgence in 2013-14 and could be the biggest deterrence toward that end.

• ANALYSIS: The Bulldogs have been strong all season. Last week’s double-digit win over Jeffersonville was just the latest impressive performance. They’re not going to let the Cubs interrupt their success.

• THE PICK: New Albany 64, Madison 49.

BOYS — AUSTIN (4-4) AT BORDEN (9-1)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Borden — Class A No. 2 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Tied, 5-5 (Borden has won 2 of the last 3).

• LAST YEAR: At Austin 45, Borden 43.

• REASON TO WATCH: Borden’s on a roll. I know Doc Nash doesn’t want to hear it, but the 2013-14 Braves are playing every bit as well as last year’s state champions were at this point.

• ANALYSIS: Borden only lost three games a year ago. Silver Creek was one loss and the Braves avenged that one last weekend. On Friday, they’ll get a chance to avenge another.

• THE PICK: Borden 66, Austin 55.

SATURDAY

GIRLS — NEW ALBANY (4-9, 1-3 HHC) AT COLUMBUS EAST (7-6, 1-1 HHC)


• TIME: 1:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WNAS-88.1 FM.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Columbus East 8-2 (New Albany has won two of the last three).

• LAST YEAR: At New Albany 64, Columbus East 60 (2OT).

• REASON TO WATCH: Yes, New Albany is 4-9. However, the Bulldogs have played quit well since the calendar turned to 2014.

• ANALYSIS: I’m picking an upset in Columbus that could kick off a strong home stretch for the Bulldogs.

• THE PICK: New Albany 44, Columbus East 41.

 

BOYS — PROVIDENCE (7-2) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (6-4)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WXVW-1450 AM.

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

• SERIES ALL-TIME: Jeffersonville 53-13.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Jeffersonville 7-3 (Jeff has won five straight).

• LAST YEAR: Jeffersonville 59, at Providence 56.

• REASON TO WATCH: The two teams have played some thrillers over the past decade. Saturday could be another one in what has become a competitive rivalry.

• ANALYSIS: Jeff just has too much experience to drop this one at home.

• THE PICK: Jeffersonville 49, Providence 41.

 

BOYS — CLARKSVILLE (9-1, 2-0 MSC) AT AUSTIN (4-4, 2-1 MSC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

• LAST 10 YEARS: Clarksville 7-3 (Clarksville has won three straight).

• LAST YEAR: At Clarksville 63, Austin 56.

• REASON TO WATCH: After a big MSC game on Friday, Clarksville can’t afford to have a letdown on Saturday.

• ANALYSIS: The Generals has too much determination to have a letdown.

• THE PICK: Clarksville 75, Austin 56.

 

TUESDAY

BOYS — CRAWFORD COUNTY (9-1) AT PROVIDENCE (7-2)


• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Crawford County — Class 2A No. 12 AP; Providence — Class 2A No. 8 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Providence 3-0 (Providence has won four straight in the series over the past 18 years).

• LAST YEAR: Providence 47, at Crawford County 34.

• REASON TO WATCH: There are four ranked teams in the Paoli Sectional field. These are two of them.

• ANALYSIS: This is honestly a game that could go either way, so I’ll take Providence at the Larkin Center.

• THE PICK: Providence 38, Crawford County 37.

 

GIRLS — SEYMOUR (9-6, 2-2 HHC) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (11-4, 2-2 HHC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Jeffersonville 7-5 (Seymour has won three straight).

• LAST YEAR: At Seymour 51, Jeffersonville 47.

• REASON TO WATCH: The Red Devils should clinch their first winning season since the 2010-11 state champions Saturday against Jasper. Combined with a probably win over the Wildcats, Jeff could earn its first six-game winning streak since that championship run.

• ANALYSIS: Even after its first loss, Bedford North Lawrence is still the class of the Sectional 15 field. Jeffersonville and Seymour join New Albany, Floyd Central and Jennings County as teams trying to take that No. 2 spot heading into the sectional. It appears the Red Devils are that team.

• THE PICK: Jeffersonville 55, Seymour 51.

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

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

• LAST 10 YEARS: Clarksville 7-3 (Clarksville has won three straight).

• LAST YEAR: At Clarksville 63, Austin 56.

• REASON TO WATCH: After a big MSC game on Friday, Clarksville can’t afford to have a letdown on Saturday.

• ANALYSIS: The Generals has too much determination to have a letdown.

• THE PICK: Clarksville 75, Austin 56.

 

TUESDAY

BOYS — CRAWFORD COUNTY (9-1) AT PROVIDENCE (7-2)


• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Crawford County — Class 2A No. 12 AP; Providence — Class 2A No. 8 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Providence 3-0 (Providence has won four straight in the series over the past 18 years).

• LAST YEAR: Providence 47, at Crawford County 34.

• REASON TO WATCH: There are four ranked teams in the Paoli Sectional field. These are two of them.

• ANALYSIS: This is honestly a game that could go either way, so I’ll take Providence at the Larkin Center.

• THE PICK: Providence 38, Crawford County 37.

 

GIRLS — SEYMOUR (9-6, 2-2 HHC) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (11-4, 2-2 HHC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Jeffersonville 7-5 (Seymour has won three straight).

• LAST YEAR: At Seymour 51, Jeffersonville 47.

• REASON TO WATCH: The Red Devils should clinch their first winning season since the 2010-11 state champions Saturday against Jasper. Combined with a probably win over the Wildcats, Jeff could earn its first six-game winning streak since that championship run.

• ANALYSIS: Even after its first loss, Bedford North Lawrence is still the class of the Sectional 15 field. Jeffersonville and Seymour join New Albany, Floyd Central and Jennings County as teams trying to take that No. 2 spot heading into the sectional. It appears the Red Devils are that team.

• THE PICK: Jeffersonville 55, Seymour 51.

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