Remember the last time Dexter played New Madrid County Central? Of course you do...everybody and their uncle showed up to watch the Eagles beat out the Bearcats for the 3A District 1 championship last year.
Even with another mega-game between Charleston and Caruthersville on the same night, over 2,500 fans were in attendance.
This Thursday the two highly-touted teams are set to square off again at NMCC High School.
Another enormous crowd is unlikely, since less is on the line, but another excellent game is possible.
Dexter enters with a record of 17-2, and hasn't forgotten who ended their hopes of a state championship last year. NMCC is 16-3, looking to redeem itself after last night's heartbreaking loss to Poplar Bluff.
These type of high-profile games are always the highlight of the regular season.
Final score: NMCC 88, Dexter 80
Supposedly, you can't beat a team three times in the same year. That bodes well for the Cubs, who have lost two heartbreakers to the state-ranked Eagles this season. It took all Oran had to beat Bell City both times.
On Friday they will try to do it without their leading scorer, Ryne Wood, who is out with a broken nose.
Bell City seems to be peaking at the right time, recently giving Dexter all it wanted in the SCAA finals.
They seem like the safe pick now, even though I'll take Oran later when it really counts in the district tournament.
Final score: Bell City 50, Oran 49
Sikeston fans could use some motion sickness patches for the roller coaster ride their team has taken them on so far.
How can a team beat Notre Dame by one, roll over Doniphan by 24, then lose to Portageville by 38?
Next up...Poplar Bluff, who is soaring after last night's upset win over NMCC. This game may look like a blowout waiting to happen, but don't count on it.
Sikeston always gets up for the Mules.
Final score: Poplar Bluff 60, Sikeston 57
Charleston has won nine of its last 10 games, with the only loss in that span coming to powerful NMCC by three points.
The Bluejays would be heavy favorites over the mediocre Dons if this were a home game, but that ghastly trip to Doniphan could steal their fire. Is it Charleston's turn for a letdown?
Final score: Charleston 7
5, Doniphan 64
Does Risco even have a team? The Tigers have flown under the radar this year, buried in the "don't ask, don't tell" Tri-County Conference. Unless Richland forgets to oil its scoring machine (Sherome Cole), this one should be over by halftime. The Rebels seem to be back on the right track.
Final score: Richland 75, Risco 50
Both Kelly and Puxico have struggled this season, combining for nine wins. This one could go either way.
I'll take Derek Binford and Company.
Final score: Puxico 65, Kelly 64
The Eagles snapped a nine-game losing streak last night with an overtime win over Puxico. Can Justin Poley and the Eagles make it two in a row?
Not if D.J. Walton has anything to say about it.
Final score: Scott City 70, East Prairie 65
After Thursday's game, NMCC will be able to relax Friday against Scott Central. The Eagles will jump out to a huge lead and coast to another win. Derrell Minner, Desmond Sims and Ronland Ranson might pull down 40 rebounds against the undersized Braves.
Eagle fans may get a preview of next year's varsity team in this game.
Final score: NMCC 95, Scott Central 50
The Bearcats just got done beating Advance 91-77 in the SCAA tournament. Unless Andrew Jenkins and Jared Ritter have career nights, a similar result can be expected Friday.
Final score: Dexter 90, Advance 79