Caz’s Pigskin Picks-Week #4

first_imgGAME TIME: 7 PM at The Tee Pee. GAME TIME: 7:00 PM at The Dog Pound.  Country 103.9 WRBI. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Edinburgh 3-6, South Decatur 5-4. LAST MEETING: East Central, 42-14, Sep. 7, 2012. LAST MEETING: Batesville, 45-39, 2 overtimes, sectional, Oct. 29, 2010. North Decatur (2-1) at Knightstown (2-1) LAST MEETING: Lawrenceburg, 21-20, Sep. 7, 2012. COACHES: Ryan Knigga, 18-9 in 3rd year at Lawrenceburg. Scott Moore, 30-23 in 6th year at Greensburg. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Rushville 2-7, Batesville 1-8. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: East Central 3-0, Franklin County 3-6. LAST OUTING: Rushville defeated Franklin County, 32-14. Batesville defeated South Dearborn, 52-7. COACHES: Justin Roden, 0-3 in 1st year at East Central. Shane Wellman, 8-7 in 2nd year at Franklin County. SAGARIN RATINGS: East Central, 70.48, 60th overall, 11th in Class 4A. Franklin County, 51.6, 153rd overall, 34th in Class 4A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Shriver Field. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Knightstown, 10-6. COACHES: Rocky Alspaugh, 61-70 in 14th year at Rushville, 81-90 in 18th year overall. Eric Heppner, 123-77 in 18th year at Batesville. GAME TIME: 7:00 PM at Wildcat Field.     WRBIRADIO.COM COACHES: Tim Leonard (interim), 2-1 in 1st year at Edinburgh. Rod Martin, 17-26 in 5th year at South Decatur. Connersville (0-3) at South Dearborn (0-3) COACHES: Garry Sauley, 71-62 in 14th year at North Decatur. Kevin Miller, 2-1 in 1st year at Knightstown. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Siebel Field. Caz’s Pick:  Rushville East Central (0-3) at Franklin County (2-1) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Lawrenceburg 1-5, Greensburg 2-7. LAST OUTING: Lawrenceburg defeated Milan, 39-38. Greensburg defeated Connersville, 28-20. Rushville (3-0) at Batesville (3-0) SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Batesville, 2-0. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Dearborn, 9-2. LAST OUTING: East Central lost to Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio), 56-14. Franklin County lost to Rushville, 32-14. SAGARIN RATINGS: Batesville, 53.67, 141st overall, 30th in Class 3A. Rushville, 52.22, 151st overall, 33rd in Class 3A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Knights Stadium. Eastern Hancock (3-0) at Milan (1-2) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Connersville 6-3, South Dearborn 7-2. LAST MEETING: South Decatur, 25-13, Sep. 8, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Lawrencburg LAST MEETING: Knightstown, 67-21, Sep. 8, 2012. Lawrenceburg (2-1) at Greensburg (2-1) LAST MEETING: Connersville, 21-13, sectional, Oct. 19, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Milan COACHES: Adam Kelly, 7-7 in 2nd year at Connersville. Chris Nobbe, 0-3 in 1st year at South Dearborn. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Milan, 5-2. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Eastern Hancock 4-5, Milan 7-2. SAGARIN RATINGS: Connersville, 46.4, 188th overall, 47th in Class 4A. South Dearborn, 29.85, 259th overall, 61st in Class 4A. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Greensburg, 9-6. COACHES: Pat Echeverria, 12-13 in 3rd year at Eastern Hancock. Ed Wagner, 1-2 in 1st year at Milan. Caz’s Pick:  East Central SAGARIN RATINGS: South Decatur, 29.51, 263rd overall, 35th in Class 1A. Edinburgh, 18.46, 298th overall, 50th in Class 1A. SAGARIN RATINGS: Lawrenceburg, 61.02, 106th overall, 18th in Class 3A. Greensburg, 58.37, 118th overall, 25th in Class 3A. LAST OUTING: Eastern Hancock defeated Indian Creek, 33-25. Milan lost to Lawrenceburg, 39-38. LAST OUTING: North Decatur lost to Wes-Del, 22-20. Knightstown defeated South Decatur, 28-20. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: North Decatur 5-4, Knightstown 2-7. LAST OUTING: Connersville lost to Greensburg, 28-20. South Dearborn lost to Batesville, 52-7. Caz’s Pick:  Connersville Caz’s Pick:  Knightstown Edinburgh (2-1) at South Decatur (1-2) LAST OUTING: Edinburgh defeated Trinity Lutheran, 52-38. South Decatur lost to Knightstown, 28-20. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: East Central, 16-2. SAGARIN RATINGS: Knightstown, 39.65, 214th overall, 34th in Class 2A. North Decatur, 35.16, 230th overall, 22nd in Class 1A. GAME TIME: 7 PM at Panther Field. LAST MEETING: Milan, 30-19, Sep. 8, 2012. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: South Decatur, 15-3. SAGARIN RATINGS: Eastern Hancock, 55.33, 130th overall, 3rd in Class 1A. Milan, 51.34, 157th overall, 22nd in Class 2A. Caz’s Pick:  Edinburghlast_img read more

Big Ten: Pressure time

first_imgAs November rolls in the pressure is on.With just three weeks remaining in the Big Ten season, the conference frontrunners –particularly No. 15 Michigan — feel the weight of the trap games ahead, as the rest of the conference feels the heat of trying to move up in the standings or gain a bowl game bid with that elusive sixth win.The situation at hand is a game between in-state rivals: Michigan versus Michigan State. “I think that pressure is something that young people in college football deal with every single week, whether you’re an undefeated football team right now playing, whether you’re looking for your sixth win or whether you’re trying to move in that direction such as Michigan is,” Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said during Tuesday’s Big Ten Teleconference.Michigan State has the No. 3 scoring offense, third-leading rusher in Javon Ringer and top receiver in Devin Thomas. Despite all this, the Spartans are losers of two straight and sit at 1-4 in the Big Ten and 5-4 overall.“What we have to do is make sure our players stay together and we come out and continue to work throughout the week and be emotionally prepared Saturday,” Dantonio said.The problem for Michigan State has been its inability to come through in close games. As frustrating as it may be, Dantonio wants to make sure that his players don’t beat themselves.“We need to build up our young people, not tear them down, and we’ll continue to do that, and I think we’ll learn from these things,” Dantonio said. “And ultimately when we start to win these games, we’ll begin to believe that when it comes down to crunch time we’ll win it.”After missing the past two weeks and a combined five games this season due to injury, quarterback Chad Henne and running back Mike Hart are practicing again this week. Still, Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr won’t know until later in the week whether his two offensive stars will be available Saturday.In order to remain neck-and-neck in the battle with Ohio State for the Big Ten title, Michigan will likely need those two players healthy.Northwestern failed in its quest last week to secure a bowl bid, losing 35-17 against Purdue. After finishing 4-8, 2-6 Big Ten last season, the Wildcats are 5-4, 2-3 this season. Running back Tyrell Sutton returned last week for Northwestern. The Wildcats will need Sutton to play to his potential as they make a push for their first Bowl game in two years. “It was just great to get him back out there,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “He just adds some more fuel to our fire.”Northwestern will face an Iowa team which pulled off an overtime win over Michigan State last week to also remain in the hunt for a bowl berth with a 4-5 record.For three straight weeks, Indiana has tried and failed to win a sixth game. Given that the program hasn’t appeared in a bowl game since 1993, and it dedicated the season to the late Terry Hoeppner, people may think that the Hoosiers and quarterback Kellen Lewis are playing a little anxious right now. But that’s just not the case.“Just because we’ve gotten beat in the last couple of weeks, I don’t think it changed our kids,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “I think the reality of it is we’ve played three pretty good football teams and we didn’t play well enough to win.”So unlike Michigan State or some of the other teams on the brink, Indiana isn’t getting bogged down.“I don’t think it has been a case where our kids feel pressured in anyway,” Lynch added.Indiana will go out of conference this weekend to face Ball State.Adding more conference gamesA thought has come up in the conference of removing two nonconference games out of the regular season schedule and adding two more Big Ten games. This would allow each team to face the entire conference.“I think there’s the advantage that the Big Ten Championship would be determined on the field and it would impact your home schedule, and that’s really the reason for the 12th game anyway — trying to get an additional home game to generate revenue,” Carr said.While it certainly would help the top teams separate themselves from the middle of the pack, it would also affect BCS standings as each team would face a higher chance of picking up a loss along the way, so the odds are that the notion won’t come to fruitionlast_img read more

Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball prepares to return to Las Vegas

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball’s debut as a Laker was entirely forgettable. The prized rookie arrived at the Las Vegas Summer League with massive expectations and promptly clanked 13 shots, including 10 3-point attempts. Ball’s father, LaVar, called it his “worst game ever.”What came next was the most important lesson Ball learned in Las Vegas, where the Lakers will play a preseason game against Sacramento on Sunday.“Once you play a game forget about it and move on,” Ball said. “In college you get a week. You can sit up, sit back and watch film and stuff. But the NBA it’s a quick turnaround.”Ball obviously recovered just fine. He averaged 16.3 points over the six games he played, leading the field in assists (9.3 per game), and was crowned Summer League MVP en route to a Lakers tournament championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just went out there and played the game I know how to play,” Ball said. “Started slow, finished strong. That’s all there was to it.”The No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, Ball was a limited participant in Lakers practice on Friday. He is still recovering from the sprained left ankle he suffered in Monday’s loss to Denver. The mild injury kept him out of an exhibition game Wednesday in Ontario, and could prevent him for playing Sunday.“I’ll make the trip,” Ball said, “but whether I’ll play or not it’s too tough to tell.”On Friday, Ball “went over some plays” but was held out of the five-on-five portions of the practice.“Just being out there with my team,” Ball said. “Showing them I’m still here for them. Regardless of whether I play Sunday or not, I’m going to be here.” Coach Luke Walton said Ball would have played Wednesday had the regular season already begun, but given that it’s still the exhibition season there is no reason to rush him back.“We would love to have him out there obviously,” Walton said. “But … if he is not ready to go then he won’t play.”For Walton, watching Ball at summer league proved “he is capable of doing it at this level.”It didn’t matter that the rosters were populated mostly by rookies and a lot of players who will never make it to the NBA.“He makes the gym exciting to be in,” Walton said. “I was just observing out there and kind of evaluating. When he is playing basketball it is fun to sit there and watch. That is what he is going to bring to our team.”In two preseason games before spraining his ankle, Ball averaged 6.5 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds.Forward Brandon Ingram, who missed Wednesday’s game with a bruised head, was a full participant on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday.NUMBERS AS NEWSIt was only a few years ago that the Lakers were viewed as well behind the curve in the analytics movement. That has certainly changed, and on Friday the team announced a new director of basketball analytics.A Harvard graduate, Jason Rosenfeld previously had the same title working in the league office, where he developed new statistics – like hustle plays – to better evaluate players.In May, Rosenfeld’s predecessor, Yuju Lee, resigned from the position rather than accept a demotion, according to an ESPN report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more