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January 30, 2014

TEN TO WATCH: Big Panthers pose first big obstacle for No. 2 Clarksville

Generals have three games in four days after rescheduling

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CLARKSVILLE — FRIDAY

BOYS — CLARKSVILLE (10-1, 3-0 MSC) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (10-1, 3-0 MSC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Clarksville — Class 2A No. 2 AP; Corydon Central — Class 3A No. 4 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Tied 5-5.

• LAST YEAR: At Clarksville 55, Corydon Central 46 (OT).

• REASON TO WATCH: First place is on the line in the Mid-Southern Conference. The winner isn’t guaranteed anything and the loser isn’t out of the race. However, the winner will be in great position and the loser will become a longshot in the conference race.

• ANALYSIS: I picked Corydon to win by three a couple weeks ago when the game was originally schedule. Thanks to the weather, nothing has really happened to change my mind. Corydon big man Bronson Kessinger may be the difference.

• THE PICK: Corydon Central 66, Clarksville 63.

 

BOYS — BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (5-6, 1-2 HHC) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (7-5, 2-2 HHC)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WXVW-1450 AM.

• SERIES ALL-TIME: Jeffersonville 27-21.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Jeffersonville 8-5 (Jeff has won four straight).

• LAST YEAR: Jeffersonville 81, at Bedford NL 75 (regular season); Jeffersonville 83, Bedford NL 58 (sectional).

• REASON TO WATCH: This has been one of Southern Indiana’s top rivalries over the years. Although neither is having a great season, both are capable of winning sectional games in March.

• ANALYSIS: Jeffersonville is a bit of a different team than earlier this season and Bedford has enough experience returning to give the Devils a game. Still, it’s hard to pick against Jeff at home.

• THE PICK: Jeffersonville 70, Bedford North Lawrence 65.

 

BOYS — MADISON (8-2) AT SILVER CREEK (7-4)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Madison — Class 3A No. 10 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Silver Creek 6-5 (Creek has won four straight).

• LAST YEAR: Silver Creek 61, at Madison 54.

• REASON TO WATCH: Madison is coming off one of the biggest upsets of the season statewide when it came from behind to beat Class 3A No. 1 Greensburg in overtime on the road Saturday. Creek is coming off an impressive 23-point road win at Providence on Tuesday.

• ANALYSIS: Madison’s on a roll, but Creek has been exceptionally tough at home recently.

• THE PICK: Silver Creek 69, Madison 67.

 

BOYS — ORLEANS (9-4) AT BORDEN (10-2)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RANKINGS: Orleans — Class A No. 10 AP; Borden — Class A No. 4 AP.

• LAST 10 YEARS: Tied 6-6 (Borden has won two straight and 3 of 4).

• LAST YEAR: Borden 37, at Orleans 36 (regular season); Borden 52, Orleans 51 (regional).

• REASON TO WATCH: The two teams have met in the regional the past two seasons. In fact, they’ve met in the regional three of the past six years. This is probably Southern Indiana’s top Class A rivalry at this point.

• ANALYSIS: Borden bounced back with some really strong performances after its first loss. I think it will again after Saturday’s loss to Christian Academy. If history has taught us anything, it will be a close game.

• THE PICK: Borden 59, Orleans 57.

 

BOYS — PROVIDENCE (8-4) AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (9-3)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WFIA-94.7 FM.

• RANKINGS: Providence — Class 2A No. 10 AP; Christian Academy — Class A No. 8 AP.

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

• LAST YEAR: At Providence 47, Christian Academy 26.

• REASON TO WATCH: The Warriors have a chance to end a long losing streak to Providence. The Pioneers could use a win after Tuesday’s 23-point home loss to Silver Creek.

• ANALYSIS: I fully expect the Pioneers to bounce back in a close defensive battle.

• THE PICK: Providence 38, Christian Academy 34.

 

SATURDAY

BOYS — JASPER (5-6) AT NEW ALBANY (9-3)

• TIME: 7:30 p.m.

• RADIO: WNAS-88.1 FM.

• RANKINGS: New Albany — Class 4A No. 14 AP, No. 17 IBCA.

• LAST 10 YEARS: New Albany 9-1 (New Albany won nine straight before last year).

• LAST YEAR: At Jasper 51, New Albany 46.

• REASON TO WATCH: Jasper upset New Albany in the middle of a rough stretch a year ago. The Bulldogs may be out for some revenge.

• ANALYSIS: There aren’t too many players left from last year’s team that lost to Jasper. There are enough to remember and take it out on the Wildcats.

• THE PICK: New Albany 66, Jasper 55.

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