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January 16, 2014

PREP BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: Hoop pick swami has near-perfect week

GOSHEN — Since the NECC tournament just started on Tuesday evening the final total for last week’s predictions is not complete, but of the 15 games that were played the picks were correct in 14 of them.

The 93.3 percent mark for last week increases the year-to-date record to 66-21 (75.9).

The lone missed call was Elkhart Christian Academy falling to South Bend St. Joseph.

Friday

Goshen at Warsaw — Goshen was a 56-51 winner last season, but Warsaw has won 17 of the last 20 meetings in the series. Elkhart Central stands out among the common opponents. Goshen lost 52-47 to the Blue Blazers while Warsaw was a 71-37 winner. Warsaw.

Northridge at NorthWood — This is probably the highlight game of the week as NorthWood enters with an unblemished record and Northridge’s only loss is a 68-65 decision to the Class 4A No. 4 ranked Penn Kingsmen (9-0). NorthWood recorded a 61-46 win last season while Northridge has 22 victories in the last 39 games with the Panthers. This should be a close one and being on their home floor might be the deciding factor for the Panthers. NorthWood.

Concord at Plymouth — Concord was a 50-42 winner in overtime a year ago. Plymouth holds a 15-7 advantage in recent meetings in the series. Elkhart Memorial is the only common foe. Concord dropped a 53-46 decision to the Crimson Chargers while Plymouth lost 60-46. Plymouth’s 6-9 Mack Mercer has been out of action and if he is still out the Minutemen should have the upper hand. Concord.

Elkhart Memorial at Wawasee — Memorial posted a 70-57 victory last season. Wawasee has a 7-6 edge in recent meetings with the Crimson Chargers. Both teams have squared off against Mishawaka. Wawasee dropped a 44-32 decision while Memorial recorded a 54-47 victory. Memorial.

New Prairie at Jimtown — New Prairie was a 53-37 winner a year ago. Jimtown had won 12 of the last 20 meetings in the series. Culver Community is among the common foes. Jimtown dropped a 48-39 decision to the Cavaliers and New Prairie notched a 71-68 overtime victory. New Prairie.

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