Around 275: Dusty’s Top Three Games in Week Eight

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Man, this season is moving fast. It’s week eight of the season and this week brings with it some really, really interesting out of conference match-ups. As always at least one conference matchups are of great importance. Here is the preview for week eight.

Aiken (10-2, 2-2) vs. Mt. Healthy (10-0, 6-0), Tuesday 7:30pm– Has there ever been a quieter 10-0 start to the season than what the Owls have put together this season? Some will point to the conference they play in. Some will point to their schedule overall, which may not be the strongest. But you can only beat who is on the schedule and thus far Mt. Healthy has beaten them all. Tuesday’s game against the Falcons gives the Owls an opportunity to show against a quality opponent just how good they really are. If you are a fan of guards, you will have three of the best in the city on the same court in Jakada Stone (2021) and Robbie Cass (2022) for the Falcons and Kollin Tolbert (2022) for the Owls.

St. Xavier (9-2, 1-0) vs. Woodward (3-2. 6-6), Tuesday 7:30pm– An interesting non-conference matchup between two programs with a ton of history and pride. St. X has reeled off nine straight wins after an 0-2 start to the season, while the Bulldogs have gone 3-4 in their last 7. While everyone will be paying attention to Woodward sophomore Paul McMillan IV, and for good reason, also make sure to check out Bombers F Hank Thomas. The Georgia Tech baseball commit is a handful on the hardwood as well as he leads X in scoring at 14.3 PPG. He is coming off of a 31 point, 13 rebound performance in X’s last game, a 58-45 victory over Elder.

Woodward (3-2, 6-6) vs. Hughes (4-0, 8-3), Friday 7:30pm- As you can see it’s a rough three day stretch for the Dawgs as they follow Tuesday’s game against the Bombers with a Friday match-up against conference rival Big Red. This game has been long anticipated for a couple reasons. Number one being this will be Paul McMillan IV’s first game back at Hughes since transferring over the summer. He has not missed a beat since the transfer, leading the conference in scoring (33.1 PPG), while ranking fourth in assist at 4.8 per game. But the main reason this game is of such great importance is because if Woodward wants a chance at the conference crown they must win this game. They are currently 2 games in back of Hughes with Coach Wyant’s squad winning the first contest 63-60 on December 6th.

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