I was a pretty good 12-3 in my predictions for Week 10, including 7-for-8 on girls high school basketball semi-state championship games. One boys high school game on the docket last week was not played.

Chad Niccum’s 13-2 record beat mine last week.

Week 11 features all four girls high school state championship games, eight high school boys games on Friday, Feb. 26, and four men’s college contests.

Good luck to you on your predictions.

Girls HS State Championship Games (all in Indianapolis)

Game 1: Tipton vs. Linton-Stockton in Class 2A (Fri.)

The Miners, already assured of moving up to 3A next season, will defeat the Blue Devils for a repeat state championship.

Game 2: Pioneer vs. Loogootee in Class A (Sat.)

Both teams will move up to 2A next season. This is a repeat from 2020. The Lions won last season, but the Panthers will take the title this year.

Game 3: South Bend Washington vs. Silver Creek in Class 3A (Sat.)

The No. 1 senior-laden Dragons are on a mission and will edge the Panthers.

Game 4: Crown Point vs. Brownsburg in Class 4A (Sat.)

This battle of Bulldog teams will go to the squad from, “The Region,” Crown Point.

Boys HS Games (Friday, Feb. 26)

Game 5: Muncie Central at New Castle

The host Trojans better not overlook the winless Bearcats or they’ll get beat, but I’m picking New Castle to win.

Game 6: Wapahani at Shenandoah

This battle of Raider teams will go to the hosts from the northwestern part of Henry County.

Game 7: South Decatur at Knightstown

The Cougars will defeat the host Panthers in this big-cat fight.

Game 8: Tri at Morristown

The Titans will fall to the host Yellow Jackets in northeastern Shelby County.

Game 9: Eastern Hancock at Hagerstown

The visiting Royals will defeat the Tigers.

Game 10: Mt. Vernon (Posey) at Washington

The Wildcats will trek northeast and defeat the host Hatchets.

Game 11: Yorktown at Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

The Marauders will edge the visiting Tigers.

Game 12: Lakeland at Angola

The host Hornets will edge the Lakers in this Northeast Corner Conference game.

Men’s College Games

Game 13: Purdue at Penn State (Fri.)

The Boilermakers will edge the host Nittany Lions in State College.

Game 14: Michigan at Indiana (Sat.)

The Wolverines will beat the host Hoosiers in Bloomington.

Game 15: Notre Dame at Boston College (Sat.)

The Eagles will edge the visiting Fighting Irish in Chestnut Hill.

Game 16: Central Michigan at Ball State (Sat.)

The host Cardinals will defeat the Chippewas in Worthen Arena.


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