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Riz's Roundball Picks Week 14 (March 15-17)

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

I was 10-5 again on my boys high school regional predictions in Week 13. Chad Niccum beat my record with 12-3 and one person tied my mark.

This is the penultimate week of the contest.

Eight of the picks in Week 14 are all of the IHSAA boys high school semi-state games played Saturday, March 17 and the other seven picks are NCAA men’s basketball first-round tournament games played Thursday or Friday.

Good luck to you on your Week 14 predictions.

Boys High School Semi-State Games

Game 1: South Bend Riley vs. Carmel at Lafayette Jeff (4A)

This is a tough call, as are most at this level. I’ll go with the undefeated Wildcats to defeat the Greyhounds.

Game 2: Warren Central vs. New Albany at Seymour (4A)

What a great game this should be! I pick Romeo Langford and the Bulldogs to defeat the Warriors.

Game 3: Culver Academy vs. New Castle at Lafayette Jeff (3A)

I picked the No. 1 Trojans to be the north’s representative in the state finals, and I pick them to defeat the Eagles.

Game 4: Danville vs. Evansville Bosse at Washington (3A)

The Warriors are playing really well right now and I predict them to defeat the Bulldogs.

Game 5: Westview vs. Oak Hill at Huntington North (2A)

On a coin flip, I predict the one-beaten Warriors to edge the Golden Eagles.

Game 6: Indianapolis Scecina vs. Forest Park at Washington (2A)

Based upon strength of schedule, I predict the Crusaders to defeat the Rangers.

Game 7: Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian vs. Southwood at Huntington North (A)

In another close contest, I predict the Braves will edge the Knights.

Game 8: Morristown vs. Barr-Reeve at Seymour (A)

I keep picking the Yellow Jackets to lose, and they don’t, so this week I say Morristown will beat the Vikings.

NCAA Men First-Round Tournament Games

Game 9: Seton Hall vs. North Carolina State (Thursday)

I predict the Wolfpack will defeat the Pirates.

Game 10: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Thursday)

I give the nod to the Hokies over the Crimson Tide.

Game 11: Creighton vs. Kansas State (Friday)

I pick the Blue Jays to defeat the Wildcats.

Game 12: Missouri vs. Florida State (Friday)

I predict the Seminoles will defeat the Tigers in this game.

Game 13: Texas A&M vs. Providence (Friday)

I think the Friars will defeat the Aggies in this contest.

Game 14: Arkansas vs. Butler (Friday)

I pick the Bulldogs to defeat the Razorbacks.

Game 15: Nevada vs. Texas (Friday)

I predict the Wolf Pack will defeat the Longhorns in this game.

David Risley is sports editor at The Courier-Times