Goshen News, Goshen, IN


February 7, 2013

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS: Hoop pick guru vexed by NLC matchups

GOSHEN — The NLC continued to cause problems when it comes to picking winners in local high school boys basketball games.

A 2-2 mark in the NLC led to a 6-3 overall mark (66.7 percent) for last week. Missed calls were Plymouth over Goshen and Elkhart Memorial over Warsaw in the NLC and Elkhart Central over South Bend Washington.

The year-to-date mark is 112-58 (65.9).


Wawasee at Goshen — The Goshen Redskins were 51-44 winners last season. Wawasee has an 11-10 advantage over the past 15 seasons. The teams have played nine common foes. Wawasee has a 1-8 record against those teams compared to Goshen’s 6-3 mark. Wawasee has been struggling with one win in its last 10 games. The Redskins are 5-5 over the past 10 contests. Goshen.

Northridge at Concord —  The Northridge Raiders enter this one with a four-game winning streak. The Concord Minutemen have won six in a row. Goshen, Warsaw and NorthWood are among the common opponents. Northridge lost to Goshen 49-46, Warsaw 43-41 and NorthWood 61-49. Concord defeated Goshen 54-30, Warsaw 42-31 and Northwood 42-41 (overtime). The Minutemen were a 43-30 winner a year ago and have captured 11 of the last 21 meetings with the Raiders. Concord.

Lakewood Park at Bethany — Lakewood Park was a 69-47 winner when these two squared off last season. The two have played eight times in recent seasons with each school winning four times. There have been six common foes so far this year. Lakewood Park is 5-1 while Bethany is 1-5. Lakewood Park.

NorthWood at Elkhart Memorial — The Memorial Crimson Chargers were 62-42 winners a year ago, but NorthWood returns more players from that contest. Over last 17 meetings with Memorial, NorthWood has nine wins. The teams have played six common foes this year and both schools have a 3-3 record. The Panthers were cruising along with 11 wins in their first 12 games before dropping their last four. This one should be a chance for the Panthers to get back on track. NorthWood.

Fremont at Fairfield — The Fairfield Falcons dropped a 76-64 decision to Fremont last season, but lead 14-4 in recent meetings with the Eagles. Fairfield has 6-1 record versus common foes while Fremont is 3-6. Fairfield has played a stronger schedule. Falcon opponents have a combined record of 145-123 compared to 84-110 for Fremont’s opponents. Fairfield.

Prairie Heights at Westview — The Westview Warriors have won 19 of the last 20 meetings with the Panthers, including a 58-44 decision a year ago. Prairie Heights has a 5-6 record against common foes this season while the Warriors are 10-0. Westview is one of the best teams in the area with the Warriors’ lone loss to NorthWood (63-54). Westview.

Lakeland at Central Noble — Lakeland posted an 85-72 victory last season and have come out on top in 17 of the last 19 meetings with the Central Noble Cougars. The Lakers have a 6-6 record against common opponents this season compared to 3-6 for the Cougars. Lakeland has won four of its last seven, Lakeland.

Elkhart Central at SB Clay —  The Clay Colonials won 74-62 a year ago and have 12 victories in the last 19 meetings with the Blue Blazers. Central has a 1-6 mark against common foes compared to 4-3 for the Colonials. Concord is among the common foes. Concord defeated Central 49-37 while clay topped the Minutemen 72-70. SB Clay.

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