The Madison Sectional 28 Tournament should be more interesting this season than in years' past.
In the six-team field, two teams have won the past five sectional titles.
Greensburg has won the Sectional 28 the past two seasons and Batesville won it the previous three years.
Madison and Scottsburg, which both joined the Sectional 28 within the past six seasons, face seemingly insurmountable odds in their quest for their first sectional since switching.
Madison (5-15), which is 1-1 against potential sectional opponents and 2-6 in the Class 3A, plays Greensburg tonight (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. The Pirates are 13-7 overall, undefeated against six sectional opponents and 6-2 in Class 3A action. Greensburg has not faced Madison this season, which head coach Stacy Meyer said could either work in Greensburg's favor or against it.
Scottsburg (3-17 overall, 0-2 sectional, 2-7 Class 3A) is another relative unknown to Greensburg. The Pirates topped the Warriors in the first round last March, but Scottsburg features a largely new squad this season. The Warriors have a first-round bye and will play the winner between Madison and Greensburg.
Franklin County (2-19) is winless in six games against sectional opponents and eight games against Class 3A. The Wildcats face South Dearborn in Game One Tuesday night at 6 p.m. South Dearborn (14-6) is a potential dark horse, in its fifth year competing in Sectional 28. The Knights went 2-18 last year, but an experienced roster - including Joel Scudder, whom many recruiters regard as a potential all star - make them dangerous. The Knights posted 4-4 records against sectional opponents and Class 3A teams, respectively.
The possibility of facing two of the top teams in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference, though, make the Knights' prospects tougher. Judging by its pedestrian 4-6 EIAC record, South Dearborn could struggle against the Greensburg and Batesville teams that both swept the Knights in the regular season. At the same time, those four losses came by a combined 12 points. The Knights had a 23-point lead over Greensburg on Jan. 28 going into the fourth quarter, but the Pirates scored 29 points in a six-minute span to take the win. Scudder had scored 30 points in the first three quarters before leaving with foul trouble, which is why teams regard the Knights as spoilers.
Batesville's only two losses in the conference - and against sectional rivals - were to Greensburg. The Bulldogs (14-6, 4-2, 6-3) await the winner between South Dearborn and Franklin County, for the sectional semifinal Friday at 6 p.m.
The sectional championship is set for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.