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January 3, 2013

Week Eight: Weekend Wire

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Week Eight is here and we have a new number one team in the land of enchantment. The big marquee game though is a few spots down between two teams in the top 10.

Marquee Game: Must See Game

  • Potential Final Four Game
    No. 5 Hobbs Eagles (7-3) vs. No. 11 Las Cruces Bulldawgs (7-4) ****CANCELLED****
    Where: Tasker Arena, Hobbs, New Mexico
    Why Watch: The game has marquee all over it as the Eagles (7-3) are coming off a loss Saturday night and still looking for that resume builder against a New Mexico team. This is their first game against a Top-25 team from New Mexico.

    The Bulldawgs (7-4) are coming into the game searching for some respect as they fell in the rankings after a loss last week to a, then, unranked Hope Christian Huskies.

    Tons of big time players in this game including Dane Pannell (Hobbs) who was a top-5 player in the summer edition of the NMPreps.com Top 100 Players. The Eagles however live with a full throttle press that has been the factor in plenty of the games. This match-up is interesting though with the backcourt for the Bulldawgs full of veterans. Joseph Garza (NMPreps.com Top 150 Player) is one of the top guards in New Mexico and he teams up with another Top 100 player in Gilbert Sigala.

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    Top-25 Rankings
    Thursday, Jan. 3rd

    No. 16 Abq. Academy 60
    Los Alamos 35

    No. 25 Espanola Valley 54
    St. Mike's 45

    Friday, Jan. 4th

    No. 5 Hobbs
    No. 11 Las Cruces

    No. 7 Roswell
    No. 13 St. Pius X

    No. 20 Santa Teresa

    No. 21 Bernalillo

    No. 23 Los Lunas
    Sandia Prep

    Saturday, Jan 5th

    No. 5 Hobbs
    Midland Christian (TX)

    No. 6 Clovis
    No. 11 Las Cruces

    No. 16 Abq. Academy
    St. Mike's

    No. 19 Carlsbad

    No. 23 Los Lunas
    Mesilla Valley

    No. 24 Santa Fe

    Text Scores: (505) 414-4313
    X-Factor: Hobbs is extremely athletic and can get up and down but if it comes down to a half-court game, like I think it will with the Dawgs guards able to handle the pressure. I have to go with the Dawgs big men in Kai Williams and Kamryn Dixon. If Trevor Noel returns soon they would be even more dangerous.
    Grine's Pick: Upset Pick Dawgs +1.2

  • Potential Final Four Game
    No. 7 Roswell Coyotes (10-0) vs. No 13 St. Pius X Sartans (6-2)
    Where: Roswell, NM
    Why Watch: This potential 4A Final Four match-up has everything you would want in a game for a Friday Night. Both teams are ranked in the Top-3 of their classification and both in the Top-25. The Coyotes and Sartans both provide a game with several NMPreps.com Top 100 Players.

    The must see match-up come between guards Cesar Nava (Roswell/Junior) and St. Pius X senior guard Micah Sanchez but that doesn't stop their as in the frontcourt you also have two top players in Anthony Olguin (Roswell) and Nick Stafford (SPX).
    Grine's Pick: Coyotes at home +3

  • Seeding Implications Game
    No. 6 Clovis Wildcats (7-3) vs. No. 11 Las Cruces Bulldawgs (7-4)
    Where: Rock Arena, Clovis, NM
    Why Watch: The No. 11 Las Cruces Bulldawgs (7-4) will play in two of the most difficult arenas in back-to-back nights and we will be able to see which of three teams are true contenders for the Final Four or State Championship.

    The Clovis Wildcats (7-3) have played close with several of the Top-25 opponents this season. The Wildcats are (3-1) when playing a Top-25 team and (4-1) if you count newly ranked Manzano Monarchs.

    X-Factor: I like the Dawgs front court and backcourt but in this match-up I like the what the 'Cats bring to the table. Marquette signee John Dawson is one of the finest players in the state but wing/forward DJ Blackmon has been the talk lately and causing many match-up issues for opposing teams. The Dawgs could be coming in a llittle drained from the travel along with playing in two difficult venues.
    Grine's Pick: Clovis +6

    Other Games to Keep An Eye On

  • No. 19 Carlsbad Cavemen (7-3) vs. Onate Knights (6-6): Saturday- The first time the Cavemen get to prove that they are a legit Top-25 team comes on Saturday night as upset minded Knights are looking for that resume builder game.
    X-Factor: Daemund McCants (NMPreps.com Top 150 Player) is highly underrated and this game could put him on the next level of player rankings.
    Grine's Pick: Upset Alert, Knights +4

  • Valencia Jaguars (3-10) at Mayfield Trojans (4-7): Saturday- Both teams claim that they are bracket teams and need wins to rise in the rankings. This game is a definite can't lose if either want to be playing in March.
    Grine's Pick: Trojans+4

    Rest Of The Schedule

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013
    Raton vs Cimarron
    Walatowa vs Roy
    4:30 Penasco vs Escalante
    7:30 Pecos vs Coronado

    Thursday, January 3, 2013
    Espanola Valley vs St. Michael's
    Gateway Christian vs Grady
    Los Alamos vs Albuquerque Academy
    Quemado vs Ramah
    Santa Fe Prep vs Cuba
    Santa Rosa vs Melrose
    Silver vs Mesilla Valley
    Vaughn vs Clovis Christian
    4:30 McCurdy vs Dulce
    7:30 Mora vs Mesa Vista

    Friday, January 4, 2013
    Des Moines vs Clayton
    Dora vs Mescalero
    Farmington vs Miyamura
    Gallup vs Bernalillo
    Hobbs vs Las Cruces
    Los Alamos vs Taos
    Los Lunas vs Sandia Prep
    Quemado vs Magdelena
    Roswell vs St. Pius
    Santa Teresa vs Gadsden
    Tatum vs Hagerman
    Thoreau vs Crownpoint
    West Las Vegas vs Ruidoso

    Saturday, January 5, 2013
    Academy vs St. Michael's
    Alamo Navajo vs Quemado
    Artesia vs Centennial
    Bosque vs Tucumcari
    Clayton vs Springer
    Clovis vs Las Cruces
    Grady vs Des Moines
    Hobbs vs Midland Lee (TX)
    Magdalena vs Ramah
    Mayfield vs Valencia
    Mesilla Valley vs Los Lunas
    Onate vs Carlsbad
    Robertson vs Socorro
    Ruidoso vs Hatch Valley
    Santa Rosa vs Laguna Acoma
    Silver vs Tularosa
    Taos vs Santa Fe
    Tatum vs Melrose

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    Joshua J. Grine joined NMPreps.com before the 2010 basketball season as our Senior Basketball Analyst. Grine is a former coach (Valencia, Rio Rancho) and basketball player (Grants, Rio Rancho) who has been around New Mexico for several years.

    E-Mail: grinejosh@yahoo.com
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