#1 and #2 meet Friday night in Richmond as #1 Covington Catholic comes to town to play #2 Madison Central. Rankings are based on Dave Cantrall system which looks at wins, losses, as well as strength of schedule and other factors. This week marks the first time a team other than Scott County is atop the 11th region. The Indians are now one of the favorites to come out of the 11th region, which begins February 26th at EKU, are riding a 9-1 record in their last ten games, only loss a buzzer beater three at #17 Henry Clay. Covington Catholic is riding an impressive 13 game winning streak.
Covington Catholic (25-4) are ranked #3 in the associated press and #1 in the Cantrall rankings. The Colonels of Cov Cath, a school that no one in Madison County likes after their football team defeated Madison Southern in the class 5A championships, have only loss two games in the state of Kentucky. They fell to Fern Creek and #6 Cooper, Cooper has also defeated Madison Central on the season. They have quality wins over a long list of teams, they opened the season with a win at #15 Lexington Catholic, wins over out of state teams including Archbishop Moeller Cin., Florida Prep Melbourne, Oak Hill Converse Indiana. They have also defeated #6 Cooper, #5 Ballard, at Campbell County the #2 team in the 10th region, and Simon Kenton the #4 team in the 8th region. The Colonels are led by a trio of seniors, CJ Frederick averages 22.5 points a game and has connected on 84-103 three pointers. Frederick is committed to Iowa. jake Walter, a seven footer and committed to Xavier, averages 12.2 points and 7 rebounds a game. Aiden Ruthsatz, committed to D-2 Christian Brothers, is averaging 14.6 points a game. He is also a dangerous threat from outside hitting 67-100 three pointers. Covington Catholic averages 69.8 points a game and allows 49.7. They are shooting 56.2% from the field and 44.9% from three land.
The Indians are ranked #5 in the associated press poll and #2 in the Cantrall rankings. They have six losses on the season but each loss is to a top 20 team. Their losses are to #3 Scott County, #6 Cooper, #9 Lafayette, #17 Henry Clay, and two losses to #19 Bryan Station early in the season. They have some big time wins in the state including #4 Trinity, #5 Ballard (one of the worst losses ever in term of points for the Bruins), #9 Lafayette, #11 Clark County, #15 Lexington Catholic (a game in which the running clock was used), South Laurel earlier this week (SL is the top team in the 13th region), Daviess County the #2 team in the 3rd region, and West Jessamine the 3rd best team in the 12th region. Indians are led by two seniors and a Mr. Basketball candidate for 2019. Dustin Geralds is averaging 16 points a game and 9.4 rebounds. He has really came into his own this season after a great junior season that no one talked about. With this team you get the sense that they really don’t care who gets the most points or the most press as long as the team wins. Isiah Minter has really came on in the last ten games averaging 15.6 points a game. He averages 12.9 on the season. A closer look into the numbers shows that Minter is averaging 17.8 in the last five with games of 24, 23, 17, and 20 points scored.
The main object of Madison Central opponents is the 2019 Mr. basketball candidate Isiah Cozart. Cozart is averaging 13.1 points a game, 9.7 rebounds, and 6.3 blocks a game. He set the single season record for blocks last year with 216. He has 176 blocked shots on the year entering the final game and sits 36 away for setting the all time mark in the state as a JUNIOR! One thing that is so impressive about the blocked shots is that Cozart is able to keep many of them in play allowing the Indians to get extra possessions on offense. Big Isiah as he called with Minter being little Isiah has offers from Butler, Eastern Kentucky, Morehead, Belmont, and Winthrop. So far no power five school has offered…yet. Indians are averaging 70.6 points a game while allowing 52.1. They are shooting 48.7% from the floor. It will be senior night for Madison Central and while this game features a match-up of top 5 teams all eyes are on the postseason for both schools.
This could be a possible Sweet 16 championship game preview as both teams are on sides of the brackets. Regardless of the outcome of Friday nights game it will be a great atmosphere and great ending to the regular season for the Indians who are trying to stay perfect at home (8-0 entering game)
Watch/listen….you can watch the game live on WBONTV.COM or on the Facebook page of WBONTV you can hear the game live on Y92.5 FM