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Riz's Roundball Picks Week 13 (March 9)

By DAVID RISLEY - drisley@thecouriertimes.com

I was 12-3 in my predictions for Week 12, with two of my picks losing by one point apiece.

Lisa Knotts and Chad Niccum posted 14-1 records last week to beat me, and two other contestants tied my mark.

Week 13 features 15 of the 32 boys high school basketball regional semifinal games, all on Saturday.

Good luck to you on your predictions.

Boys high school basketball regional semifinal games (all games Sat.)

Game 1: Class 4A – Penn vs. Chesterton at Michigan City

The Trojans surprised Valparaiso in the sectional finale but I still think the Kingsmen will win this game.

Game 2: Class 4A – Huntington North vs. Zionsville at Logansport

The Vikings have a slightly better record but the Eagles have played the better schedule and will win.

Game 3: Class 4A – Avon vs. New Palestine at Southport

This should be a close contest and I’ll give the nod to the Dragons over the Orioles.

Game 4: Class 4A – Lawrence Central vs. Ben Davis at Southport

This should be another good game with the Bears edging the Giants.

Game 5: Class 3A – Hammond vs. West Lafayette at South Bend Washington

I don’t know much about either team, so I’ll go with the Wildcats over the Red Devils because they have a better record.

Game 6: Class 3A – Beech Grove vs. Greencastle at Greencastle

The Hornets have played the tougher schedule, but the game is on the Tiger Cubs’ home floor, so I’ll pick them to defeat BG.

Game 7: Class 3A – Batesville vs. Princeton at Southridge

The Bulldogs defeating Greensburg was one of Saturday night’s shockers, but think the Tigers will end Batesville’s season this Saturday.

Game 8: Class 3A – Evansville Memorial vs. Silver Creek at Southridge

The Dragons are pretty good and will defeat the Tigers in this game.

Game 9: Class 2A – Marquette Catholic vs. Andrean at North Judson

These two Catholic private schools look similar on paper. I have a gut feeling that the Fighting 59ers will defeat the Blazers.

Game 10: Class 2A – Wabash vs. Frankton at Lapel

This looks like it will be a very good 2A clash. I’m predicting the Eagles will defeat the Apaches.

Game 11: Class 2A – Monrovia vs. Northeastern at Greenfield-Central

The Bulldogs will edge the Knights in this one.

Game 12: Class 2A – Shenandoah vs. Heritage Christian at Greenfield-Central

The Raiders finally will get over the regional semifinal hump and defeat the Eagles.

Game 13: Class 2A – Linton-Stockton vs. Paoli at Paoli

The Miners are 24-3 and the Rams 23-3. Paoli gets the nod only because it is playing this game on its home floor.

Game 14: Class A – Bloomfield vs. Indianapolis Metropolitan at Martinsville

The Cardinals have the better record but the Pumas will win because they have played a much more difficult schedule.

Game 15: Class A – Lanesville vs. West Washington at Loogootee

These two teams were not expected to reach this level. I predict the Eagles will defeat the Senators in this one.

David Risley is sports editor at The Courier-Times

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