By GREG KEIM
THE GOSHEN NEWS
The season-to-date mark in picking winners in local high school boys basketball games stands at 70-46 (60.3 percent).
Warsaw at Goshen — The Warsaw Tigers were 45-43 winners last season and have come out on top in 13 of the last 15 games with the Goshen Redskins. The Tigers are playing good ball and have won five straight and seven of their last eight games. Goshen has dropped its last two decisions. That snapped a three-game winning streak for the Redskins. Warsaw.
NorthWood at Northridge — Both teams have squared off with the Westview Warriors this season. NorthWood was a 63-54 winner over the Warriors while Northridge dropped an 81-73 decision in triple overtime. NorthWood and Northridge have faced each other a total of 28 times over the past 15 seasons with Northridge winning 16 of those meetings, including a 71-65 overtime contest a year ago. NorthWood has won three straight since suffering its only loss of the season, a 59-53 decision to Tippecanoe Valley. NorthWood.
Plymouth at Concord — Plymouth posted a 61-51 win last season and have taken 12 of the last 17 matchups with the Minutemen. Plymouth has won four in a row since dropping a 69-63 overtime decision to NorthWood in its lone loss of the season. Concord suffered its first loss of the season last Tuesday, 72-70 at South Bend Clay. The Minutemen didn’t have senior standout Franko House for the game at Clay. He should be back for this one and look for Concord to be looking to remain in a tie for the top spot in the race for the NLC title. Concord.
Wawasee at Elkhart Memorial — The Wawasee Warriors have a 7-5 record against Memorial over the past 15 seasons. Memorial was a 61-51 winner a year ago. Both teams are in need of a win as Memorial has won one of its last seven contests and the Warriors one of six. Memorial has one of the top players in the area in senior Markese McGuire who is averaging over 25 points per game. Memorial.
Jimtown at New Prairie — Jimtown has an 8-7 record in the series, but New Prairie was a 72-47 winner last season. Jimtown enters the game having won two of its last three games while New Prairie has lost two of its last three. New Prairie appears to have the better offense (58.0 average to 44.6 for Jimtown) but Jimtown allows fewer points (45.4 compared to 59.0). This could be a close one and playing at home could be the deciding factor. New Prairie.
Elkhart Central at Mishawaka — The Mishawaka Cavemen have won 10 of the last 17 contests with Central, including a 54-41 decision last season. Central won its first two games this season but have lost the last seven. Mishawaka has won four of its last five games. Mishawaka.
Elkhart Central at Wawasee — Central was a 56-52 winner last season in the only meeting between the two schools over the past 15 campaigns. Wawasee is averaging 59.1 points per game on offense compared to 51.3 for Central. The Central Blue Blazers have a much bigger edge on defense, allowing 53.1 compared to 68.0 for Wawasee. Central.
Oregon-Davis at Elkhart Christian — The ECA Eagles were 68-52 winners last season and they hold a 6-5 edge in recent meetings with the Oregon-Davis Bobcats. Oregon-Davis is coached by former Northridge Raider Matt Crawford. ECA.
Marian at Goshen — These two haven’t played since Dec. 30, 2011, when the Marian Knights posted a 58-46 victory for their fourth win in the last seven meetings with the Redskins. Goshen’s defense will be faced with the task of trying to slow down Marian’s senior standout Demetrius Jackson. The Notre Dame recruit is averaging over 28 points per game. The Redskins should have more scoring balance plus the hometown crowd on their side. Goshen.
Northridge at Penn — These two played back on Dec. 28 in the NIC-NLC Shootout with the Penn Kingsmen winning 61-43 and Penn has won 10 of the last 16 meetings with the Raiders. Both teams have played Goshen and South Bend St. Joseph. Penn has wins over Goshen (78-34) and St. Joseph (75-48). Northridge has to Goshen (49-46) and St. Joseph (53-50). Penn.
Concord at Elkhart Central — Concord has won 13 of the last 21 meetings with Central, including a 54-38 triumph in last season’s sectional. Goshen and Elkhart Memorial are common foes this season. Concord has defeated Goshen (54-30) and Memorial (51-46) while Central has lost to Goshen (49-45 in overtime) and Memorial (49-47). Concord.
NorthWood at Lakeland — NorthWood was a 51-41 in the sectional a year ago and the Panthers have won 11 of the last 19 matchups with the Lakers. Both teams have played Fairfield and Westview this season. NorthWood defeated Fairfield (65-37) and Westview (63-54). Lakeland lost to Fairfield (56-36) and Westview (56-42). NorthWood.