Goshen News, Goshen, IN

January 16, 2014

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

By GREG KEIM greg.keim@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — 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.

Mishawaka at Elkhart Central — Central holds a slim 13-11 advantage in the series with the Cavemen over the past 20 years. Mishawaka won a 40-39 thriller last season. Look for more of the same this time around and playing at home could swing the pendulum on the Blazers favor. Central.

Saturday

Elkhart Christian at Oregon-Davis — The ECA Eagles have won seven of the last 12 meetings in this series, including a 74-40 decision last season. Dean Foster, who has coached at Elkhart Central and Penn, is in his first season at Oregon-Davis. Triton is the lone common foe. Elkhart Christian defeated the Trojans 53-41 and Oregon-Davis lost 74-30. ECA.

Wawasee at Elkhart Central — A year ago, it took three overtimes before Central emerged with a 59-56 victory. This is a very young series as Central has come out on top in both of the previous meetings. Warsaw is the only common foe. Wawasee dropped a 61-47 decision to the Tigers and Central fell 71-37. Wawasee.

Hobart at Elkhart Memorial — The Memorial Crimson Chargers were 63-45 winners a year ago and have won both of the recent meetings with the Brickies. Memorial.