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November 19, 2012

HOOPS PICKS: Basketball season is finally here

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — ROCK CREEK (0-0) AT CLARKSVILLE (0-0), BOYS

I have a feeling Rock Creek is going to have one of the most surprising teams in Southern Indiana.

In the end, the Lions may not be able to compete with Borden and Lanesville — and they won’t be competitive with Clarksville on Tuesday. But they’re going to win more games than most expect. Devin Burt has a chance to be the Lions’ next star.

THE PICK: Clarksville 80, Rock Creek 62.

SEYMOUR (2-1) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (1-1), GIRLS

If it was later in the season and the Highlanders were healthy, I probably would take them to win this game at home.

If healthy, Floyd will field a dangerous team by season’s end. It wouldn’t shock me if they take down the Owls at home.

THE PICK: Seymour 58, Floyd Central 53.

WEDNESDAY

CHARLESTOWN (1-1) AT NEW WASHINGTON (3-1), GIRLS

This is one of the more interesting games of the week. It could go either way.

Charlestown has the young talent. The Mustangs have veterans who can put the ball in the basket.

The Pirates are still not quite at the level of the Mustangs. But they’ve certainly closed the gap in the past couple years.

THE PICK: New Washington 62, Charlestown 57.

NORTH HARRISON (2-2) AT SILVER CREEK (2-1), GIRLS

Here we are less than three weeks into the season and we already have a big Mid-Southern Conference game on tap.

Although Scottsburg showed it’s the league favorite with a big win over the Cats, both of these teams should be near the top of the league.

Silver Creek’s Scott Schoen and North Harrison’s Missy Voyles are two great coaches who have been rivals for a long time. It will be fun to watch them match wits.

Silver Creek is probably the favorite, but the Dragons sometimes keep teams with their preferred low-scoring “slugfest” style.

I like the Dragons with the homecourt advantage, but this is another one that could go either way.

THE PICK: Silver Creek 51, North Harrison 44.

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