I was 13-4 in my predictions for Week 5. Actually, I was 14-4 because I was right on picking Homestead over Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, but that game was moved up from Friday to Tuesday before the deadline, so I didn’t count it.

Chad Niccum’s 15-2 record in Week 5 beat mine.

My record after the first five weeks is 56-18. The top two contestants are Niccum with a 59-15 record and Larry Keisling at 56-18.

We are one game behind schedule, so there are 18 games on the docket for Week 6, assuming two might not be played.

Week 6 features seven boys, plus six girls high school basketball games and five men’s college contests.

Good luck to you on your predictions.

Thursday, Jan. 21Game 1: Indiana at Iowa (College Men)

The Hawkeyes will defeat the Hoosiers in Iowa City.

Friday, Jan. 22Game 2: New Castle at Yorktown (HS Girls)

The Tiger girls are pretty good and will defeat the Trojans.

Game 3: New Castle at Yorktown (HS Boys)

The Tigers will edge the visiting Trojans.

Game 4: Hagerstown at Blue River Valley (HS Boys)

The host Vikings will win this non-conference game against the Tigers.

Game 5: Shenandoah at Wes-Del (HS Boys)

The visiting Raiders will remain perfect in the MEC with the win over the host Warriors in Gaston.

Game 6: Union County at Tri (HS Boys)

The Titans will get the TEC win against the visiting Patriots.

Game 7: Michigan at Purdue (College Men)

The Wolverines will edge the host Boilermakers in Mackey.

Game 8: Seton Hall at Butler (College Men)

The host Bulldogs will defeat the Pirates in Hinkle.

Game 9: Ball State at Ohio (College Men)

The host Bobcats will edge the Cardinals in Athens.

Saturday, Jan. 23Game 10: New Castle at Cowan (HS Girls)

The host Blackhawk girls will edge past the Trojans.

Game 11: Shenandoah at Pendleton Heights (HS Girls)

The host Arabian girls have played a tough schedule and will edge past the Raiders.

Game 12: Waldron at Tri (HS Girls)

The host Titan girls will edge the Mohawks.

Game 13: Blue River Valley at Northeastern (HS Girls)

The Knights will avenge their only loss against the visiting Viking girls.

Game 14: Hagerstown at

Muncie Burris (HS Girls)

The visiting Tigers will defeat the Owls in Muncie.

Game 15: Wapahani at New Castle (HS Boys)

The Trojans will defeat the visiting Raiders in the Fieldhouse.

Game 16: Blue River Valley at Northeastern (HS Boys)

The visiting Vikings will fall to the Wayne County Tourney champs in Fountain City.

Game: 17: Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah (HS Boys)

The Raiders will rack up another win against the visiting Royals.

Sunday, Jan. 24Game 18: Rutgers at Indiana (College Men)

The host Hoosiers will edge the Scarlet knights in Bloomington.


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The contest will last 15 weeks (outcomes of 225 games predicted) and will consist of high school and college basketball games. The individual who submits the most total correct picks over the 15 weeks will receive a special prize. The name of every participant who makes more correct picks each week than sports editor David Risley will be published in the paper each week.

David Risley is sports editor at The Courier-Times