Game of the week:

Waunakee at Portage-- A big early season Badger North conference game between two of the teams predicted in the leauge's top 3. Waunakee got off to a great start with two big wins in Wausau over the weekend, while Portage struggled early before defeating Mauston on Saturday night. Both teams have hopefully shaken off the first game rust. Will give Portage the edge because they are at home, and have the conferences best player in Kevin Hurd. Waunakee is very well coached though, and have been successful. Lots of new faces though, playing in there first meaningful Badger North game.

DeForest at Horeb----This could be the upset of the week. Mt. Horeb will be much improved this year. They got off to a 1-0 start with a win over Belleville. DeForest is 1-1, they were handled by a very good Waupun team, that had two guys score 31 points each. They rebounded by beating Big Foot by 16. While Waupun is very good, giving up 81 points to anyone, is alot of points. Horeb is a tough place to play. This will be a test for DeForest. I give DeForest the nod, as I think Stewert and Kaalberg and co, are good and will contend, but I think this will be a under 10 pt deficiet game.

Reedsburg at Baraboo----Reedsburg opened the season with a 1 point loss to a good Viroqua team, who is picked to win the Coulee conference. Mazur had 20. No football hangover apparent. Baraboo is 1-1, they defeated Rhinelander who is picked last in the valley by 12, then lost to a super athletic Racine Park team by 25. I just don't see Baraboo being able to guard Reedsburgs big 2 of Van Cleeve and Mazur. Kowalke will be the best post on the floor, but, his size will be neutralized by Stolte.

Sauk Praire at Madison Edgewood---Another very intruiging game. Sauk opened up by stunning Prairie du Chien at the Platteville tourny, then handling host Platteville. Edgewood beat Janesville Craig by 10 behind 14 from Stoughton transfer Austin Ariens. Edgewood is young, and lacking experience, with Sophomores as there best class. Sauk seems to have not skipped a beat without Garret Schwartz. I could see Sauk taking this and would favor them at home. However I don't see them winning at Edgewood.

All in all it will be a highly competative year, I think the conference champ will have 2-3 losses.

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I am going to agree with all but 1 prediction.
I like Portage, simply because it is at Portage. Hurd will need to go off big as the supporting cast is not overly impressive. Waunakee winning 2 this past weekend with a completely retooled lineup is a really good start. I like Deforest. Lot of talent there and Horeb is small and young. Horeb is a tough place to play though. Tight game. Reedsburg big over BAraboo. Is Banks playing? Mazur and Van Cleave too much for the Baraboo guards. And Sauk over Edgewood. Sauk is obviously pretty good. Solid start for them. Edgewood is young too....but like Mount Horeb, that is not a fun place to play. Sauk by 3.
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Waunakee at Portage - Portage has unproven talent around Hurd this year. He should go for 20-25 and they will need every point to keep up. Waunakee, while also untested, is the returning champ and coming off two solid wins up north last weekend. Waunakee by 7.

DeForest at Mount Horeb - Also thinking this might be an upset. DeFo gave up huge chunks of threes last weekend to Waupun. Can they regroup and take away MH bombs? Stewart very quick and Winkler coming around. Might be too much for MH this early. DeFo in OT.

Reedsburg at Baraboo - Van Cleave and Mazur too much for Boo as T-Birds are rebuilding. Beavers by 14.

Hmmm.....that's three straight picking the visiting team.

Sauk Prairie at Madison Edgewood - Sauk got big win against Prairie du Chien over the weekend. Eagles looking like last year's Boo, with all the seniors playing roles. Edgewood's win over Craig expected with Craig down this year. This is the toughest pick. Like Edgewood's depth and home court. Crusaders by 8.

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