Now that we have released the first edition of The Power Poll, we take a look at five must-see match-ups to see this week in Georgia high school basketball. There are some dandy games around the Peach State.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Effingham County at No. 9 Statesboro 7:30 p.m.: Just like that, the two teams are back at it again. Statesboro brought home the victory last week when the two coastal programs played each other, winning 66-62. Can the Blue Devils go for the clean sweep? This one should be a packed house in Statesboro.
Thursday, Dec. 6
No. 5 Norcross at No. 8 North Gwinnett 7 p.m.: The first week of December gives us one of the best region match-ups of the year. Norcross has played two of the best teams in the country already in Miller Grove and Montverde while North Gwinnett looked like one of the best teams in Georgia at the Jared Cook Tip-Off Classic. This one should be a good one in Gwinnett.
Saturday, Dec. 7
No. 7 Tift County at Buford 4:30 p.m.: After picking up a win last week in Atlanta, Tift County makes a return trip north this time to face Buford, a team that has not shied away from playing some powerhouses. Tift County wanted to shake the schedule up and Buford was happy to oblige. Buford is already battle-tested and the Wolves are mentally ready for this match-up.
No. 1 Miller Grove at No. 3 Wheeler 7 p.m.: We circled this game on the calendar the minute it was scheduled and now that we’ve released the first edition of the Power Poll, this match-up is a pairing of the two best programs (in our minds) in Georgia. It doesn’t get much better than this one. We’ll be there for the heavyweight match-up and can’t wait to see how it all plays out. The outcome could play a part in the long-term standing in the Power Poll for the rest of the season.
No. 13 Laney at No. 10 Savannah 7 p.m.: The best team in Augusta travels to the coast to play one of the state’s traditional powers on the road. Pop your popcorn. This one should be high-flying, high-offense and high-energy. There are, at the minimum, six Division I players in this game and a pairing of two programs that are very worthy of a Macon date in March.
Justin Young is the Managing Editor of HoopSeen.com. He has over 15 years of experience in sports media, including time as the national basketball recruiting editor of Rivals.com and the publisher of the Georgia Hoops recruiting report.