SUBSTATE PREVIEW: Mills, Walker Key to Another State Tourney Berth

A ‘Walk’ Into the ‘Mill’

Two years ago, the Walker-Mills duo made their Sectional debut with a scratch-and-claw overtime victory over visiting Goodpasture.  Since then, though, many Eagle players have flourished under the Van Buren system, resulting in their third straight substate appearance, at home no less.

Mills seemed to be a viable Mr. Basketball candidate, averaging 26.6 PPG this season but was skipped over by media and coach voting.  Luckily, though, the hardwood harbors a team sport, so Mills and his Spencer-centered Swooshers still have a chance to make history.

By now, the Pickett and Van Buren fans have gotten to know each other.  The Eaglettes fell to the Lady Bobcats 75-40 Saturday night, so the Mills-led squadron will be out for vengeance in the Monday night affair.

So grabbing a state tourney berth would be all the more sweet for folk of Spencer.

That being, said, this contest could go down to the wire and possibly to the final seconds with both teams having notoriety for shooting rather well.  And neither defense is too shabby either.

So please, let us take you for a ‘walk’ through the ‘mill’ because it’ll just be another day at the loud and often deafening office inside that iconically small gymnasium.


Pickett County at Van Buren County

Van Buren County HS Gym, Spencer, TN

Tip-Off Time:  March 6th [7:00 PM CT/8:00 PM ET]


All Time Series Record:  Pickett County, 8-2 (10 Meetings Since 2005)

Bobcats 98, Eagles 41; November 15, 2013

Bobcats 65, Eagles 63; December 21, 2009

Eagles 60, Bobcats 58; February 7, 2009

Bobcats 62, Eagles 54; December 22, 2008

Bobcats 56, Eagles 41; February 8, 2008

Bobcats 76, Eagles 73; December 18, 2007

Bobcats 89, Eagles 73; January 23, 2007

Bobcats 72, Eagles 61; December 15, 2006

Eagles 58, Bobcats, 46; January 24, 2006

Bobcats 41, Eagles 40; December 16, 2006


DISCLAIMER:  These are not actual spreads or odds, and cannot be used in kind of sports betting context.

The Spread:  Pickett County (-3.5) at Van Buren County

Odds to Win:  Pickett County 4 to 1; Van Buren County 3 to 5

Over/Under (Total Points):  (126.5 Points)

Breaking Down the Bets:  ‘The Spread’ is based on who is favored in the matchup and by how many points.  ‘Odds to Win’ are the odds for a certain team to win that game and is not related to the odds of ‘The Spread.’  The ‘Over/Under’ is how many points both teams are expected to combine for, unrelated to ‘The Spread’ or “Odds to Win.’  These betting lines are simply to display what Vegas would perceive the matchup at and cannot be used in any sports betting enterprise.


The Eagles are averaging 70.0 PPG during that last five games.

Pickett County has last two of its last five games.  

The Bobcats’ last three games have been decided by 7 points or less.

Van Buren County is undefeated in Sectional Games during the Caden Mills era.  

The Stat That Matters

Van Buren County’s only home loss of  season came against Clay County, who narrowly defeated Pickett County in the Region 4A Title Game, 54-50.  The Eagles have lost to Clay County twice this season.  


Van Buren County:  Caden Mills (Junior Wing [6’6]), Bo Walker (Junior Guard [6’1]), Jacob Crain (Junior Wing [6’4]), and Austin Miller (Junior Point Guard [5’8])

Pickett County:  Dawson Abbott (#10, Junior Guard), Bryson Yorke (Junior Center), and Brian Gibson (Junior Forward)

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