From now until the end of the tournament, Dan and I will pick each and every game. There are 14 of them today. Sleepy Hollow at Peekskill was moved to Sunday because Peekskill High School still won’t be ready to open its doors.
Hopefully, Peekskill is the exception today and not the norm. As you probably know, the forecast calls for another 2-4 inches of snow today, meaning the games are — gulp! — in jeopardy again. Let me know if you hear of any postponements.
As for our regular season, I posted a 5-0 mark last week. Dan and I both ended with very strong records, but it’s the playoffs that count. This thing is long from over.
2013-14 Records —
Josh: 37-9 (5-0 last week)
Dan: 35-11 (4-1 last week)
Class AA outbracket round
No. 20 Clarsktown North at No. 13 Ramapo, 12 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Ramapo, 55-50. These teams know each other so well by this point and could be a little sloppy after so much time off without practice. I think that will result in a lower-scoring game, but I still like the Gryphons.
Dan’s pick: Ramapo, 70-63. Literally just played this game less than a week ago. The Gryphons won that one, and this time they have the benefit of playing at home.
No. 19 Horace Greeley at No. 14 Ketcham, 12 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Ketcham, 66-60. Greeley is an unpredictable team, capable of competing with some of the best but not on a consistent basis. Ketcham has been pretty good late in the season, highlighted by a win over Beacon.
Dan’s pick: Horace Greeley, 59-48. Quakers’ seed a testament to the difficult schedule they played. Don’t let it fool you. Cameron Ciero has been lights out this season.
No. 18 Port Chester at No. 15 Scarsdale, 12 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Scarsdale, 57-39. The difference in competition between these two is significant. Scarsdale should be ready to prove it.
Dan’s pick: Scarsdale, 62-47. Scarsdale is another team that has a lower seed thanks to a difficult schedule. The Raiders played Mamaroneck and New Rochelle close to close out the regular season.
No. 17 North Rockland at No. 16 Yorktown, 5 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: North Rockland, 65-60. Both teams really came around late in the season. This could be the best game of the day.
Dan’s pick: Yorktown, 55-47. The Huskers had a four-game winning streak before falling to Class A contender Panas in the regular-season finale. Expect a big home crowd, aka “The Crop”, to help them move on to the first round.
Class A outbracket round
No. 26 Lincoln at Beacon No. 7, 12 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Beacon, 70-48. I’m not sure Lincoln has played a better team all season than Beacon, which has enough talent to win it all.
Dan’s pick: Beacon, 60-45. Tough to get a read on this Beacon squad as it has had some head-scratching losses, but the Bulldogs should cruise here.
No. 17 Rye at No. 16 Gorton, 12 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Rye, 55-51. McKay’s will net his 1,000th point, but Rye’s defense will make it tough for Gorton to score big.
Dan’s pick: Rye, 58-50. Gorton’s Rashan McKay might score 30, but I think the Garnets pull this one out on the road.
No. 19 Nyack at No. 14 Pelham, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Nyack, 61-59. If Pelham can make shots and stay close in the rebound count, it can win, but Nyack’s aggressiveness might be just a bit too much.
Dan’s pick: Nyack, 56-50. The Indians had a handful of close losses that hurt their seeding. I think this team is a lot better than what they are seeded.
No. 21 Lakeland at No. 12 Somers, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Somers, 59-58. This should be a good one. Both teams have pretty good potential. It’s about who shows up when.
Dan’s pick: Somers, 62-54. Tuskers stumbled into the playoffs, but I think they turn it around for their home outbracket game.
No. 20 Early College at No. 13 John Jay, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: John Jay, 71-66. Check the results: John Jay has played really well the last couple of weeks. In fact, I think the Indians will be tough for Harrison to beat on Sunday.
Dan’s pick: John Jay, 63-51. Playing in a slightly more difficult league should benefit the Indians.
No. 27 Albertus Magnus at No. 6 Tappan Zee, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Tappan Zee, 61-47. These are the type of playoff games that sees TZ put its foot down. The 2012 Class A champ simply has the better team.
Dan’s pick: Tappan Zee, 57-48. The 23-point loss the Dutchies suffered against Pearl River seems to be an outlier. Tappan Zee finished the regular season strong and should bring that momentum into the playoffs.
No. 23 Yonkers at No. 10 Pearl River, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Pearl River, 63-50. Section 1’s best player — and a pretty solid all-around team — won’t go out in the outbracket round.
Dan’s pick: Pearl River, 58-46. Pearl River is one of the toughest places to play. Expect a big home crowd as this will be Degnan’s last home game in a Pirates’ uniform.
No. 18 Brewster at No. 15 Riverside at Cross Hill Academy, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Brewster, 50-42. It’s a long way since Dec. 5, when Brewster beat Riverside 42-32 in the season opener.
Dan’s pick: Brewster, 63-60. The Bears got some nice wins down the stretch. They keep the momentum going.
No. 25 Hen Hud at No. 8 Byram Hills, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Byram Hills, 67-53. Byram’s size will be too much unless Hen Hud can force a serious number of turnovers. I don’t think the Sailors are that type of defensive team.
Dan’s pick: Byram Hills, 53-43. This Bobcats squad might look a lot different from the group that made three-straight County Center appearances, but there is still talent in Armonk.
No. 22 Nanuet at No. 11 Poughkeepsie, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Poughkeepsie, 59-52. This one will be tougher than some people think. In fact, if Nanuet has a good shooting day, it could go to Poughkeepsie and win. I’m sticking with the Pioneers because they just don’t lose in this spot.
Dan’s pick: Poughkeepsie, 54-44. So begins the Pioneers’ sectional-title defense. Poughkeepsie gets a hard-fought win against the defensive-minded Golden Knights.
(Game scheduled for Sunday)
No. 24 Sleepy Hollow at No. 9 Peekskill, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Peekskill, 66-56. The Red Devils will have been off three days before returning to the court. This team in search of some momentum will have to find it in the flow of the game.
Dan’s pick: Peekskill, 65-54. The talent is there for the Red Devils. It’s a matter of whether or not they can put it together.