The Dribbler: As advertised, more great picks

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Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away, so like a lot of Pittsburghers, The Dribbler has been trying to decide for which team to root.

As you might already know, if the 49ers win, they'll tie the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins all time at six. But if the Ravens win ... well, it's the Ravens. Enough said.

Considering it's such an agonizing choice to make, The Dribbler has opted to boycott watching the actual game, focusing rather on the commercials (What will the E• Trade baby say?) and Beyonce's halftime performance (Will she have a wardrobe malfunction a la Janet Jackson?).

According to a Nielsen survey conducted in 2010, more people tune in to the Super Bowl to watch the ads than the game itself.

Yes, The Dribbler is going to be one of those guys.

As for his Super Bowl pick (with apologies to his cousin, The Fumbler, for dabbling in the gridiron sport), The Dribbler likes the 49ers to top the Ravens, 23-17.

All right, back to basketball. We're coming down the home stretch of the regular season, and The Dribbler was 46-28 (.621) through Wednesday's games.

Here are his thoughts on this week's most prominent matchups:

Top boys games

Gateway at Fox Chapel, 7:30 p.m. today -- Here's a scheduling quirk: Fox Chapel plays its final five Class AAAA Section 2 games at home. Fox Chapel won the first two of those, and next faces a Gateway team that edged the Foxes, 40-38, on Jan. 15. Fox Chapel's four losses have come by a combined 17 points. The top of this section will get even more jammed up. Winner: Fox Chapel.

North Allegheny at New Castle, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday -- How good is New Castle? Well, The Dribbler believes the Red Hurricanes might be the best team from this area since the 2006-07 Schenley squad that won the PIAA Class AAAA title. New Castle trounced North Allegheny by 45 points last month. It will be much closer this time, but ... Winner: New Castle.

Lincoln Park at Union, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday -- The recent addition of 6-foot-8 Elijah Minnie has been major for Lincoln Park, which is now the heavy favorite to be crowned WPIAL Class A champion. Lincoln Park took Seneca Valley, a good Class AAAA team, to overtime last Sunday. Minnie had 25 points and 20 rebounds against Union two weeks ago. Winner: Lincoln Park.

Other top boys games

(Home team in all CAPS) MARS over Indiana (7:30 p.m. today); HEMPFIELD over Kiski Area (7:30 p.m. Tuesday); MONTOUR over South Fayette (7:30 p.m. Tuesday); Beaver Falls over NESHANNOCK (7:30 p.m. Tuesday).

Top girls games

Blackhawk at Central Valley, 7:30 p.m. Monday -- No team has come closer to beating Blackhawk this calendar year than Central Valley and Ambridge, and the Class AAA top-ranked Cougars won those games by 16 points apiece. Central Valley has not lost at home, but Blackhawk is playing at a different level right now. Winner: Blackhawk.

Bishop Canevin at Seton-LaSalle, 7:30 p.m. Thursday -- The Dribbler will say this: There was a lot more hype leading up to the first meeting between these two on Jan. 14. But what some thought would be an outstanding game turned into a blowout, with Seton-LaSalle winning by 31. Expect the Rebels to roll once again. Winner: Seton-LaSalle.

North Catholic vs. Vincentian Academy, Marshall Middle School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday -- Another chapter was added to this great rivalry earlier this month when Brenna Wise's layup just before the buzzer gave Vincentian Academy a one-point win. North Catholic's Lauren Wolosik scored 32 in that game and had a school-record 44 Monday. The Trojanettes will ride Wolosik's hot hand. Winner: North Catholic.

Other top girls games

(Home team in all CAPS) Gateway over FOX CHAPEL (6 p.m. tonight); BETHEL PARK over Chartiers Valley (7:30 p.m. Monday); ALLDERDICE over Westinghouse (4 p.m. Tuesday); DEER LAKES over Burrell (7:30 p.m. Thursday).

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