The Northview Knights, fresh off a Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic tournament title, will resume their regular schedule with a road game versus Owen Valley on Friday night. The game will be the second in a boy/girl doubleheader that night. The girls' game will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Knights sit at 10-0 overall this season, their best ever start since consolidation. They also boast a 2-0 conference mark in the WIC as do the Patriots which makes the game an even more important battle.
The Patriots come into the game fresh off a 49-42 win over Evansville Day School and bring a 4-3 mark overall.
Owen Valley could present an interesting matchup for the Knights since the Patriots boast perhaps the biggest lineup the Knights will face all season long.
Looking over their roster, the Patriots have an impressive nine players listed at 6'3 or taller, including a starting lineup that features 6'10 senior Casey Neal in the post and 6'7 wing Darrin Line. Neal had 14 points and five boards in the Evansville Day contest.
Their guard is 5'11 Bryan Arnold who led the team with 16 points in their win over Evansville Day and Line adds size on the wing, he had eight points with a pair of 3-pointers in their last game.
Northview won't match up size-wise with the Patriots but it is highly unlikely that Owen Valley will matchup with Northview's quickness. The Knights blew out the Patriots 88-44 at home last season behind Logan Whitman's 22 and Zach Keyes 11.
Whitman will likely be another key component to the game along with Keyes.
The pair finished the Wabash Valley Classic with All-Tournament honors with Keyes averaging over 26.5 points a game and Whitman hitting 18 3-pointers and tallying 19.25 points a game.
Josh Timm and Travis Hughes will also pose matchup issues with their speed. Hughes' defense has been excellent all year and when you throw in Amos Wegner to the mix the Patriots will likely be wearing a Northview defender as a second skin all night.
No team has been able to handle the Knight press for a full game and whether the Patriots can be the first is in question. But the Knights have had trouble with big men this year as Terre Haute South's 6'6 center Jeremy Lock had 22 on nine-of-11 shooting in the Pizza Hut Championship game.
Look for the Knights to deny the ball inside to their big men and pressure their guards unmercifully outside the arc. Northview should take this one as long as their players don't overlook this one.