More progress was made as I went 15-4 (79 percent) last week. My overall record is now 125-49, which has me at 72 percent for the season.
Elkhart Central (5-5) at Concord (0-9): The Blazers clamed a 54-43 win over Concord a year ago. Ty Windy finished with six points in Elkhart Central’s 63-50 win over Bremen. Griffin Swartout had two points for the Minutemen in their 52-44 setback at Plymouth. Matt’s pick: Elkhart Central 62, Concord 44.
Goshen (7-4) at Jimtown (8-4): The Jimmies suffered a 59-45 loss to Goshen a season ago. Blake Wiess was held to just two points in the RedHawks’ 49-39 loss at Warsaw. Hunter Konrath’s two points helped Jimtown to a 57-49 win over Mishawaka. Matt’s pick: Jimtown 51, Goshen 48.
Marian (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-4): The Eagles downed No. 8 Marian, 52-41, last season to win a Class 3A sectional crown. Dar’e’on Thornton finished with four points in the Knights’ 50-48 win over No. 2 (Class 3A) Saint Joseph. Nick Hittle scored 14 points in Culver Academy’s 70-63 win over Saint Joseph. Matt’s pick: Culver Academy 74, Marian 70.
Penn (6-5) at Northridge (7-5): The Kingsmen held on for a 74-72 win over Northridge last year to capture the Class 4A Michigan City regional title. Tobias Patton ended with five points in Penn’s 51-46 win at New Prairie. Alex Stauffer tallied 14 points in the Raiders’ 70-56 win at NorthWood. Matt’s pick: Northridge 63, Penn 59.
Riley (6-5) at Elkhart Memorial (7-6): The Wildcats slipped by Elkhart Memorial, 59-55, in their previous meeting. Tyson Lee scored six points in Riley’s 55-47 win over Elkhart Central. James Peters managed two points in the Chargers’ 69-62 win over LaVille. Matt’s pick: Riley 68, Elkhart Memorial 64.
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New Prairie (6-5) at Argos (7-5): The Cougars were a 52-38 winner over Argos in the 2015-16 campaign. Hunter Smith recorded seven points for New Prairie against Penn. J.J. Morris registered 11 points in the Dragons’ 60-39 win over Oregon-Davis. Matt’s pick: New Prairie 46, Argos 43.
Culver (1-11) at Bremen (3-8): The Lions clawed past Culver, 80-32, last season. Jalen King contributed seven points in the Cavaliers’ 65-28 loss to Triton. Connor Hundt had four points for Bremen against Elkhart Central. Matt’s pick: Bremen 44, Culver 33.
Glenn (9-3) at Oregon-Davis (1-9): The Falcons soared to a 75-26 win over Oregon-Davis on December 7. Jack Porter ended with 11 points in Glenn’s 48-40 win at Knox. Connor Danford racked up eight points in the Bobcats’ 67-34 loss to Winamac. Matt’s pick: Glenn 65, Oregon-Davis 48.
Triton (6-4) at LaVille (6-4): The Lancers recorded a 49-34 win over Triton last year. Ashton Oviedo accounted for 16 points for the Trojans against Culver. Austin Dove’s six points were not enough for LaVille against Elkhart Memorial. Matt’s pick: LaVille 50, Triton 47.