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February 12, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Mustangs, Pirates are putting together nice seasons

Rivals to square off tonight



North Harrison (12-5, 6-2 MSC) at Clarksville (13-4, 7-1 MSC), 7:30 p.m.

• Rankings: Clarksville — Class 2A No. 6 AP.

• Series last 15 years: North Harrison 8-7.

• Last year: Clarksville 69, at North Harrison 65 (OT).

• Analysis: Clarksville needs to win this game and hope for an Eastern upset of Brownstown on Friday to get a share of the Mid-Southern Conference title. The former is likely. Unfortunately for the Generals, the latter isn’t.

• Greg’s Pick: Clarksville 67, North Harrison 58.

Corydon Central (13-4) at Jeffersonville (15-3), 7:30 p.m.

• Rankings: Jeffersonville — Class 4A No. 14 AP; No. 17 IBCA.

• Series last 15 years: Jeffersonville 14-1. Jeff has won 36 of last 37 meetings.

• Series all-time: Jeffersonville 71-8. Series dates to 1918.

• Last year: Jeffersonville 85, at Corydon Central 51.

• Analysis: If the Panthers’ Bronson Kessinger has his way with the smaller Red Devils, Corydon could keep it close. That’s not likely to happen against a Chad Gilbert-coached team.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 73, Corydon Central 56.

Rock Creek Academy (7-12) at Providence (14-3), 7:30 p.m.

• Rankings: Providence — Class 2A No. 4 AP.

• Series last 15 years: Providence 7-0.

• Last year: Providence 42, at Rock Creek 28.

• Analysis: Rock Creek is athletic but not highly skilled or experienced. That could make scoring awfully difficult for the Lions against Providence.

• Greg’s Pick: Providence 58, Rock Creek 32.

Austin (7-10, 2-6 MSC) at Silver Creek (7-10, 2-5 MSC), 7:30 p.m.

• Series last 15 years: Silver Creek 9-7.

• Last year: Silver Creek 56, at Austin 44.

• Analysis: Both teams are better than their records and have proven they can compete with and even defeat really good teams. Silver Creek’s improvement throughout the season has been very impressive. Brandon Hoffman may be doing his best job yet on the Dragon bench.

• Greg’s Pick: Silver Creek 59, Austin 51.

Indianapolis International (0-16) at Henryville (0-15), 7:30 p.m.

• Series last 15 years: No meetings.

• Last year: Did not play.

• Analysis: Good pickup for both teams. One of them will leave the gym with a win. I’m not supposed to be bias, but I’m really hoping for a Hornet victory. I think it will be so.

• Greg’s Pick: Henryville 63, International 55.

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