The NLC still tripped me up in last week’s high school boys basketball predictions, but this time it was only one game resulting in a 14-2 record (87.5 percent).
The lone miss among the NLC game was NorthWood’s 60-57 overtime loss to Elkhart Memorial. The other miss for the week was Fremont over Fairfield.
Going into this week the year-to-date mark is 126-60 (67.7).
Goshen at Westview — The Westview Warriors were 53-52 winners a year ago while Goshen is 8-7 in recent matchups with the Warriors. Goshen is 6-0 versus common foes and the Warriors 5-1. NorthWood is the one difference. Westview lost to the Panthers 63-54 for the Warriors only loss of the season, Goshen defeated NorthWood 55-47. Westview is a tough place to play. The Warriors are 8-0 at home this season and have won 11 in a row since a 67-48 loss to Concord last season. Westview.
Jimtown at Concord — The Concord Minutemen were 59-30 winners a year ago and have come out on top in 13 of the last 15 meetings with Jimtown. Concord is 4-0 against common opponents so far this season and Jimtown 0-4. Concord.
Northridge at Lakeland — Northridge is playing some of its best ball of the season as the Raiders have won four of their last five, including a 79-49 win over West Noble. The Lakeland Lakers dropped a 60-40 decision to West Noble. Northridge defeated the Lakers 67-48 last season and have won 13 of 15 in recent years. Northridge.
NorthWood at Bremen — NorthWood was a 56-44 winner a year ago and have a 12-3 record against the Lions in recent seasons. NorthWood is 7-3 versus common foes this season and Bremen 4-6. NorthWood has lost four of its last five games, but all of the losses were to larger NLC schools. The Panthers are looking to get back on track before the tournament and this should be one to do that. NorthWood.
Churubusco at Fairfield — Churubusco posted a 58-46 win last season, but the Fairfield Falcons have taken 15 of the last 19 meetings with the Eagles. Churubusco is struggling this season. The Eagles are 3-10 against common opponents while the Falcons are 6-4. Fairfield.
Fort Wayne South at Wawasee — These two have not played over the last 15 seasons. Both are struggling this year with Wawasee having five wins and the FW South Archers two. South may have played a little tougher schedule as its opponents have a combined record of 183-103 compared to 177-140 for the Warriors. FW South.
Hamilton at West Noble — The West Noble Chargers were 60-39 winners over Hamilton last season and have been victorious in 16 of the last 18 games with the Marines. Against common foes this season, West Noble is 7-2 and Hamilton 1-11. The Chargers have lost two straight since losing leading scorer — junior Drew Schermerhorn — to a season-ending injury. This should be one for the Chargers to get back on the winning track. West Noble.
SB St. Joseph at Central — St. Joseph was a 47-43 winner a year ago while the Central Blue Blazers hold a slim 10-8 advantage in recent meetings with the Indians. Against common fires this season, Central is 2-8 and the Indians 4-6. SB St. Joseph.
Bethany at LaVille — The LaVille Lancers were 54-45 winners over the Bruins. Bethany has a 10-5 record against LaVille in recent seasons. Bethany is 0-4 against common foes this season and the Lancers 2-2. LaVille.
Prairie Heights at Lakeland — These two have already played back in January in the NECC tournament with Lakeland winning 46-43. The Lakers have won 16 of the last 19 matchups with Prairie Heights. This could be a close one as both teams have won four of seven since the first meeting. Prairie Heights.
West Noble at Angola — West Noble was a 48-37 winner last season, but the Angola Hornets have captured 13 of the last 18 meetings. West Noble is 8-3 against common foes while Angola is 3-7. West Noble.
Elkhart Christian at Argos — The ECA Eagles posted a 48-27 win a year ago over Argos, but the Dragons have an 8-5 record in recent meeting with ECA. Against common opponents this year, ECA is 6-2 and Argos 1-6. ECA.
Goshen at SB St. Joseph — This one is a rematch of a game in the NIC-NLC Shooutout over the holidays. St. Joseph was a 58-53 winner. Goshen has a 5-3 record in recent meetings with the Indians. Among Goshen’s wins in late January was a 58-54 road decision at Mishawaka. St. Joseph lost to the Cavemen 53-49. Goshen.
Concord at Mishawaka — Another rematch from the NIC-NLC Shootout. The Concord Minutemen were 49-40 winners in December and have a 15-3 record in recent games with the Cavemen. Concord is 10-1 versus common foes while Mishawaka is 5-6. Concord.
Bethany at Central Noble — Bethany was a 50-42 winner a year ago. Central Noble holds a slim 8-7 edge in recent meetings with the Bruins. Bethany is 0-6 against common foes this season and Central Noble 1-5 so this could be a close one. Playing at home might give the Cougars the advantage. Central Noble.
Fairfield at Jimtown — A year ago, the Fairfield Falcons were 53-40 winners over the Jimmies. Fairfield has won 10 of the last 17 meetings. Fairfield is 1-5 versus common foes this season compared to 0-5 for the Jimmies. Fairfield’s opponents have a combined mark of 175-159 and Jimtown’s 147-157. Fairfield.
Fremont at Westview — The Westview Warriors were 54-37 winners last season and have come out on top in 14 of the last 18 games with the Eagles. Westview is 11-0 against common foes this season and Fremont 7-6. The Eagles have one of the top players in the NECC — senior Tyler Jenkins — but the Warriors have one of the best teams in the league. Westview.
SB Clay at Memorial — The Memorial Crimson Chargers were 66-55 winners last season and have a 10-5 record in recent meetings with the Clay Colonials. Against common foes this season, Clay had the upper hand with a 6-4 mark compared to 2-8 for Memorial. SB Clay.
Central at Elkhart Christian — This will be just the third meeting between these two. ECA tied the series at 1-1 following a 52-50 overtime win last season. The could be close one as both teams are 1-1 versus common foes so far this year. Playing at home might give ECA an edge since the Eagles are 5-2 on their home floor this season. ECA.
DeKalb at Lakeland — The DeKalb Barons were 68-45 winners last year and have taken seven of the last eight matchups with the Lakers. The Barons, coached by Goshen graduate Jon Everingham, have a 4-0 mark against common foes this season while Lakeland is 2-2. DeKalb.