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December 7, 2012

GREG'S PICKS: Looking forward to March already

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Like the football season, the 2012-13 boys’ basketball season has the makings of being one of the best in years in Southern Indiana.

Four of the 12 teams in the News and Tribune coverage — Borden, Clarksville, Providence and Jeffersonville — are ranked. New Albany is talented enough to be and likely a few plays from being in the top 10. And if they keep winning, it may not be long before the appearance of Charlestown and Christian Academy in the polls.

This March promises to be one of the best in recent memory. Until then, there are plenty of good games to go around.

This weekend brings Floyd Central at New Albany and Charlestown at Clarksville — two of the best rivalries in the state — a double Hoosier Hills Conference weekend for Jeff, big conference games for Borden and Silver Creek, plus the academies — Rock Creek Academy and Christian Academy — going head-to-head.

If you can’t find a game to go watch this weekend, you’re just not trying hard enough.

GAMES TO WATCH (WEEKEND)

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

BOYS — FLOYD CENTRAL AT NEW ALBANY, TONIGHT

• Time: 7:30.

• Records: Floyd Central 1-1 (0-0 Hoosier Hills Conference), New Albany 1-2 (0-1 HHC).

• Last year: regular-season meeting — New Albany 58, at Floyd Central 57, OT; Class 4A Seymour Sectional — New Albany 67, Floyd Central 57.

• Outlook: Jim Shannon has been coaching basketball a long time. It’s hard to imagine many of his teams have lost two games in a season — much less the same weekend — as they did last weekend. The Bulldogs led East 20-9 at the end of the first quarter before losing last Friday, then they had a 10-point lead after three quarters before Class 4A No. 7 Evansville Harrison came back to beat them. Let’s hope this isn’t a pattern. This New Albany team has too much experience to lose to the rival Highlanders. Of course, I thought that the Bulldogs had too much experience to blow two double-digit leads, as well.

Greg’s Pick: New Albany 68, Floyd Central 60.

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