There are two more outbracket games yet to be played. Hopefully, Poughkeepsie will host Nanuet today at 1, Peekskill will host Sleepy Hollow at 3, and the tournament can solider on without more snow.
Today should be fun. In addition to the two outbracket games, there will be 21 first-round games. Dan and I will dissect them (quickly) and give you our picks. We were both pretty strong on Saturday. Let’s try to keep that momentum going.
2013-14 Records —
Josh: 48-11 (11-2 in outbracket round)
Dan: 44-15 (9-4 in outbracket round)
Class A outbracket round
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.
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.
Class AA first round
No. 14 Ketcham at No. 3 White Plains, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: White Plains, 61-50. Ketcham has played well of late — including Saturday against Greeley — but White Plains is the best opponent its faced all season.
Dan’s pick: White Plains, 67-54. White Plains has too many scoring threats for Ketcham to try and stop.
No. 20 Clarkstown North at No. 4 Fox Lane, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Fox Lane, 58-43. That was an excellent win for North, beating a Ramapo team it had lost to twice. But the Rams are headed into a cauldron. Fox Lane has lofty goals.
Dan’s pick: Fox Lane, 65-55. Nice win by North on Saturday, but the Cinderella run ends against a talented Fox Lane team.
No. 9 New Rochelle at No. 8 Mamaroneck, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: New Rochelle, 55-50. Mamaroneck kept New Ro at its pace in both regular season meetings. Expect another tight, tough game, but Derek Dorn’s ability to deliver in the fourth quarter could be the difference.
Dan’s pick: New Rochelle, 62-59. The Tigers have given the Huguenots trouble, but I think New Rochelle is the more talented team.
No. 11 Carmel at No. 6 Spring Valley, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Spring Valley, 70-56. The emotional letdown of playing Spring Valley instead of Mahopac won’t help the Rams, who are also up against an outstanding team.
Dan’s pick: Spring Valley, 70-59. The Rams just don’t have the size to match up with one of the biggest frontcourts in Section 1.
No. 17 North Rockland at No. 1 Mount Vernon, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Mount Vernon, 77-55. The Knights will negate North Rockland’s strength inside. Their edge in experience is also significant.
Dan’s pick: Mount Vernon, 69-54. Not sure the last time Mount Vernon lost a first-round game, but I don’t think they start now.
No. 10 Ossining at No. 7 Arlington, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Arlington, 64-56. I really like what I saw from Arlington in its win against Mahopac. The Admirals are good enough to compete for a spot at the County Center again. This is the first step.
Dan’s pick: Arlington, 59-55. I like Arlington’s resume a little bit better than Ossining’s.
No. 12 Suffern at No. 5 Mahopac, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Mahopac, 55-52. I expect this to be close. Suffern might even have a few more shotmakers. But Mahopac knows how to win, especially at home.
Dan’s pick: Mahopac, 60-55. Indians might not be as talented as seasons past, but I think they have enough to get by the Mounties.
No. 15 Scarsdale at No. 2 Clarkstown South, 7 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: South, 71-52. South’s strengths are its experience and cohesiveness. I don’t think those fail them here against the young Raiders.
Dan’s pick: Clarkstown South, 67-57. Raiders have played some talented teams this season, but this might be the best backcourt they’ve faced yet.
Class A first round
No. 13 John Jay at No. 4 Harrison, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Harrison, 53-52. I didn’t have the guts to pick an upset here, but Henry Taylor has John Jay playing really well and his team should be right there at the end.
Dan’s pick: Harrison, 55-48. Indians have some Cinderella potential, but I think the Huskies are too balanced.
No. 10 Pearl River at No. 7 Beacon, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Beacon, 66-62. I’d pick Pearl River against just about anyone else, but I think Beacon’s size and balance is enough to offset Kevin Degnan unless Pearl River has a big game from 3.
Dan’s pick: Pearl River, 59-57. Kevin Degnan puts in a monster game to carry the Pirates in what should be one of the best games of the day.
No. 12 Somers at No. 5 Saunders, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Saunders, 67-60. This might be an upset-pick-du-jour for some, many of who I heard from during Thursday’s chat. I think Saunders’ athleticism gives Somers fits.
Dan’s pick: Somers, 65-60. The Tuskers are a dangerous team when they get hot, and Somers should have plenty of opportunities in what should be an up-and-down game.
No. 15 Riverside at No. 2 Panas, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Panas, 57-41. Panas is another team excited to see what it can do in the postseason. Starting at home and delivering as a strong favorite could be a great confidence booster.
Dan’s pick: Panas, 65-54. Panthers should come out of the gate strong en route to what they hope is a trip to the County Center.
No. 17 Rye at No. 1 Eastchester, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Eastchester, 74-60. I don’t think the margin will be as wide as when they met at Mount Vernon on Feb. 2, not with second and third options Benny DiMirco and Mike Milo nursing injuries. The Eagles will want to advance intact.
Dan’s pick: Eastchester, 70-58. Can’t see my favorite to win the section falling in the first round.
No. 19 Nyack at No. 3 Our Lady of Lourdes, 5 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Lourdes, 49-42. It’ll be interesting to see what Lourdes’ fate is defensively after Nyack made just one basket from outside the paint against Pelham. Expect the Warriors to pack it in.
Dan’s pick: Lourdes, 57-55. Closer than most will expect, but Lourdes has the talent and experience to move on.
UPDATED, Feb. 17, 12:40 a.m., with Monday’s picks
No. 24 Sleepy Hollow at No. 8 Byram Hills, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Byram Hills, 60-48. Sleepy proved it belonged in the playoffs with Sunday’s win against Peekskill. Byram will need a plan to slow down Nick Arduino, who’s been terrific all season.
Dan’s pick: Byram Hills, 56-47. Great win for Sleepy Hollow, but the run ends against a solid Bobcats team.
No. 11 Poughkeepsie at No. 6 Tappan Zee, 2 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Tappan Zee, 67-58. TZ was knocked out of the playoffs by a veteran Poughkeepsie team last year. This time, the Dutchmen return the favor against the very green Pioneers, who got even younger again on Sunday.
Dan’s pick: Tappan Zee, 57-50. The Dutchmen will grind out a win against a young Poughkeepsie team that still needs to grow a bit.
Class B first round
No. 10 North Salem at No. 7 Rye Neck, 12 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Rye Neck, 57-52. The Panthers have played just twice all month and could be a bit compromised playing shorthanded. Those factors could lead to a slow start and perhaps a close game, but Rye Neck has still be the superior team all season.
Dan’s pick: Rye Neck, 57-50. The Panthers are one of the stronger seventh-seeded teams I’ve ever seen.
No. 12 Bronxville at No. 5 Croton-Harmon, 1 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Croton, 55-45. Croton has only played one bad game all season, so don’t expect Bill Thom’s team to post a stinker at home in the first round of the playoffs.
Dan’s pick: Croton, 59-50. The Tigers have been cruising of late, and I don’t see that stopping soon.
No. 13 Pleasantville at No. 4 Putnam Valley, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Putnam Valley, 55-38. This is a survive-and-advance game for the Tigers. They’ll want to be ready for Croton (possibly) on Tuesday.
Dan’s pick: Putnam Valley, 63-54. The Tigers are another County Center favorite that should take care of business at home.
No. 11 Dobbs Ferry at No. 6 Woodlands, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Woodlands, 68-49. These teams met in the first round last year…albeit under far different circumstances. (See: Eric Paschall)
Dan’s pick: Woodlands, 66-55. Much like Rye Neck, Woodlands is far better than its seed.
No. 14 Westlake at No. 3 Palisade Prep, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Palisade Prep, 64-51. Isaiah Ward sits just eight points shy of 1,000. If Palisade Prep has its way this postseason, the senior swingman will get a lot more than that.
Dan’s pick: Palisade Prep, 68-58. The Phoenix chose their out-of-league opponents specifically to be well prepared for the larger Class B playoffs. It was worth it.
No. 15 Yonkers Montessori at No. 2 Blind Brook, 3 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Blind Brook, 50-33. Don’t expect the stingy Trojans to allow YMA to get much generated offensively.
Dan’s pick: Blind Brook, 62-48. It seems the Trojans have somewhat flown under the radar again, which I don’t think they mind.
No. 9 Briarcliff at No. 8 Valhalla, 3:30 p.m. —
Josh’s pick: Briarcliff, 49-47. Although not necessarily confident in this pick, I think the Bears have fared slightly better against comparable competition. Either way, one first-year coach — Valhalla’s John DiBetta or Briarcliff’s Cody Moffett — is going to score his first playoff win.
Dan’s pick: Valhalla, 57-55. Should be the best game in Class B. When in doubt, go with the home team.