Big 8 Match-ups to Watch This Friday Night
By: Tyler Zavadsky Twitter: @TylerZonESPN
Beloit Memorial Purple Knights (3-7) vs. Sun Prairie Cardinals (8-1)
This matchup features two of the conference’s leading scorers in Andre Neal for the Purple Knights, and Nick Fuller for the Cardinals. Neal has crept back into one of the top three scoring spots in the conference, averaging 18.2 points per game, after falling back in the scoring lead for a number weeks. His counterpart on the court is Fuller, who is the leading scorer in the conference averaging 27.1 points per game. Fuller has yet to score under 20 points in any contest this season and has put up over 28 points on five occasions, including a 40 point outburst just last week against Madison West. Nick Noskowiak and Donnell Thompson will also be big contributors for the Cardinals as well in this contest.
Janesville Craig Cougars (5-6) vs. Verona Wildcats (3-7)
The Cougars have been on a bit of a roll lately winning four of the last five games the team has played and has relied on guard Jerry Ngobi to do so. Ngobi has excelled as of late in the scoring game which has translated to W’s in the win column for the Cougars. Ngobi is averaging just under 18 points per game this season and is coming off of a 36 point outing in last Thursday’s game against Madison East. Verona has struggled a bit this year to get wins in the Big 8 Conference, but a victory in this game could give this team the confidence needed to make a bit of a run as the season moves on into January.
Middleton Cardinals (6-5) vs. Janesville Parker Vikings (0-9)
Parker, we have a problem... All ‘90s movie references aside, the Vikings truly have been having a bit of an issue competing with fellow Big 8 teams this season. Parker has been able to hang around in some contests this season but for the most part, many games have been lopsided affairs. Middleton sits in fourth place currently in the Big 8 standings with the 6-5 conference record, which could very well be a 7-4 mark if it were not for some late game heroics by Shareef Smith for the Madison Memorial Spartans who hit a buzzer-beating three to hand the Cardinals the 62-60 loss on the night. Derek Rongstad has been the Cardinals leading scorer this season, so if the Vikings wish to pick up the teams first conference win on the year, Parker will need to bottle him up throughout the contest.
Madison Memorial Spartans (10-0) vs. Madison East Purgolders (6-4)
Quite possibly the biggest matchup of the weekend in the Big 8 Conference features the first place Madison Memorial Spartans traveling to crosstown rival Madison East to take on the third place Purgolders. Memorial has depended on a slew of players all season long to remain undefeated in conference play such as forward Jester Weah, along with guards Julian Walters and Shareef Smith. If the Spartans can take care of business this Friday night, Memorial would have beaten the second place team, in Sun Prairie, and the third place team in the conference to extend the teams lead in the standings. East however would like nothing more than to pick up what would be a monumental win in conference play if everything can click for the Purgolders. Listen in to the Prep Corner on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to hear all the action and highlights from this crosstown battle as it will be featured as the conference’s Game of the Week.
Madison La Follette Chargers (5-6) vs. Madsion West Regents (4-6)
In the second of two crosstown showdowns this Friday night, the Madison La Follette Chargers will battle the Madison West Regents. Both teams so far this season have had somewhat disappointing years, but both are also much better than what the teams records indicate. Regent forward, Malik Clements, is second in the conference in scoring with 19.4 points per game and must have yet another standout game in order for the regents to defeat the Chargers. Nygel Drury and Trevon Ampe have been the proverbial one-two punch this season for La Follette. Averaging 16.3 and 14.5 points per game respectively, both Drury and Ampe are relied heavily upon to lead the Chargers to victory. If the trends continue for these players, we could see the trio possibly be the three top scorers of the weekend in the Big 8.
By: Tyler Zavadsky Twitter: @TylerZonESPN
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