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.


East Noble at Goshen — The Goshen Redskins have won 10 of the last 16 games with the Knights, including a 54-45 decision last season. The DeKalb Barons, led by GHS grad Jon Everingham, is the only common foe. East Noble lost to the  Barons 60-42 while the Redskins dropped a 51-46 decision. The Knights are struggling this season and have won only two games. Goshen.

Northridge at West Noble — Northridge has dominated this series with 17 wins in the last 19 games, including a 54-47 decision last season. Northridge is 2-3 against common foes compared to 3-2 for West Noble. The Northridge Raiders have played the tougher schedule with opposing teams having a combined record of 151-104 compared to 111-146 for West Noble. Northridge.

Fairfield at Angola — These two played last month in the NECC tournament with the Falcons winning 40-29. Fairfield holds a slim 10-9 lead in recent meetings with Angola. Fairfield’s opponents have a combined record of 145-123 compared to 113-131 for the Hornets. Fairfield.

Central Noble at Wawasee — Central Noble was a 77-66 winner last season, but that is the only win for the Cougars in the last seven meetings with the Warriors. Central Noble has an 0-4 record versus common opponents while Wawasee is 2-2. Wawasee.


SB Riley at Concord — The Minutemen have a 7-4 lead in recent meetings with the SB Riley Wildcats. Both teams have 7-1 records versus common opponents this season. Concord has played a little tougher schedule with opponents having a combined 130-110 mark compared to 116-115 for Riley. This could be a close one and playing at home in McCuen Gym where the Minutemen have not lost this season should help. Concord.

Jimtown at Bethany — The Bethany Bruins were 51-39 winners last season, but the Jimtown Jimmies have won 13 of the last 20 contests with Bethany. Jimtown has a 2-6 record against common foes while Bethany is 1-7. Jimtown.

John Glenn at NorthWood — The NW Panthers have won 10 of the last 14 games with the John Glenn Falcons, including last season by a score of 50-39. NorthWood has played a tougher schedule with opponents having a combined record of 154-100 compared to 133-144 for John Glenn. NorthWood.

Westview at Wawasee — Westview was an 71-74 winner a year ago. Against common foes this season Westview is 7-1 while Wawasee is 2-4. Westview.