Your favorite prognosticator didn't have a good week. Actually, he had a lousy week, and he has nothing to blame it on.
The Rage of a Sage was more like the Sage in a Cage -- trapped. Two girls teams, Broadneck and Northeast, let him down, not to mention a pair of boys teams from Annapolis and Broadneck.
The Upset of the Week was to have Old Mill's girls lose their first game of the season to a county foe. But instead, Broadneck came upshort, 51-47. And in a match-up of the county's Class 2A powers, host Northeast was a one-point favorite over Southern. But the Bulldogs took it, 61-52.
On the boys side, Annapolis came through at Southern Friday night, 92-75, well over the projected 10-point spread. But the Panthers disappointed Tuesday against a tough Glen Burnie team.
Annapolis (13-1) was a 6-point favorite at home against the Gophers(9-6), who nearly pulled off a major upset before bowing, 76-73.
"Glen Burnie was up most of the game anywhere from 6 to 12 points, and we didn't take the lead until less than a minute (was) left in the game," said Panther coach John Brady, who got a third straight career-high 34-point game from Rob Wooster.
"Basically, the last three minutes of the game we did everything right, and they kinda had everything go against them. I'm still in shock we won, because they totallyoutplayed us."
The fourth L on the Prophet's performance sheet saw Old Mill winning, 57-53, over Broadneck. The host Bruins were a one-point favorite.
The Rage of a Sage did hit on the Severna Park boys game at South River. The Prophet said the Seahawks would bounce back from an 84-81 loss to Annapolis Tuesday night and win by at least two. South River won, 88-84.
The Prophet has a big surprise in this week's six-pack, so let's get to it.
Northeast (3-12) at North County (0-16), 7 p.m. Tuesday.
There is going tobe quite a celebration in Linthicum, one that will be heard all the way to BWI Airport Tuesday night.
It's finally going to happen, the Knights are going to win their first game of the season. It will godown to the wire, but North County will pull it out on a bucket by either Teon Carter or Shawn Moyer.
That should set the natives crazy. The Knights don't have much of a shot tomorrow night at South River (14-2), but Northeast is having a down year. And the Knights are playing at home. North County plus 1 over Northeast.
Meade (10-5) at Annapolis (13-1), 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
After taking that three-point contest over Glen Burnie, the Panthers play host to a Meade team humbled, 78-61, at Old Mill (11-4) Tuesday night.
What happened to Meade at Old Mill should be to Annapolis' advantage. The Panthers have to believe they can't lose, especially after the Glen Burnie squeaker -- a game they should have lost.
Annapolis will definitelyprevail. The only question is, can Rob Wooster hit 34 points for a fourth straight game?
The Prophet says no. Tomorrow will be Wooster's first 35-point game, maybe 40. Annapolis plus 3 over Meade.
Severna Park (11-4) at Old Mill (11-4), 7 p.m. tomorrow.
On the heels of Tuesday's 65-55 victory over Chesapeake, this is the start of four straight pressure games for the visiting Falcons. After tomorrow night, Annapolis (13-1) and Meade (10-5) visit the Park Tuesday and Friday next week, then it's on to Glen Burnie (9-6) Tuesday, Feb. 18.
What the Falcons do tomorrow night could very well set the tonefor the three games to follow.
Unfortunately for Severna Park, they are facing an Old Mill squad on the upswing. The Pats had been struggling after losing star guard Ravon Austin to a knee injury, but after winning at Broadneck Friday, 57-53, and then blowing out Meade, they are some-kind-of-hot.
No question that Paul Bunting is doing asuperb job coaching this team, and Erik Sheppard has become the straw that stirs the drink. Go with host Old Mill in a photo-finish. Old Mill plus one over Severna Park.
Annapolis (13-1) at Severna Park (11-4), 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The big show comes to Severna Park for the first time, and you need only say Annapolis to get the Falcons psyched.
With the victory over Glen Burnie Tuesday night, Annapolis ran its winning streak to 19 games over county foes. The Panthers should hit 20 tomorrow night against Meade.
It may be too much to ask that Wooster to keep up his gunfire, but don't look now -- here comes Marvin Brown. Brown had 16 against Glen Burnie and, according to Brady, "is playing great defense."
Everybody pushes it up a notch when they play Annapolis, because the Panthers are like the Celtics of Anne Arundel County. That's why Rich Riffle, without question one of the top five players in the county, will rise to the occasion in this one.
His shooting should keep the Falcons in the game until Annapolis opens the hatch in the last period. Annapolis plus 5 over Severna Park.
South River (14-2) at Broadneck (9-6), 7 p.m. Tuesday.