Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (No. 2 last week) Lone Peak (Highland, Utah), 17-1
The Knights have just five regular season games remaining and have already beaten all five of those opponents by 20 points or more in 2012-13. Barring a string of extremely unimpressive victories down the stretch, Lone Peak probably controls its own destiny in the national championship chase.2. (5) Simeon (Chicago), 18-2
Nearly written off as a serious contender earlier this month, the Wolverines are now in the thick of the national title race after beating rival and then-No. 1 Whitney Young (Chicago) on Saturday night, 44-41
. Since losing to Montverde Academy back on Jan. 5, Simeon has quality wins over Morgan Park (Chicago), Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.), in addition to Whitney Young. 3. (1) Whitney Young (Chicago), 18-2
With Saturday night's setback against Simeon, Whitney Young has now lost five of the last six meetings against its Chicago Public Schools rival. The book isn't closed on Simeon vs. Whitney Young this season, as the teams could meet twice more.4. (3) St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.), 15-0
The knock on the Friars at this point is that they haven't faced a schedule anywhere near as tough as other teams near the top of the national rankings. No argument here, but that perception will change Saturday when St. Anthony takes on rival and Academy Top 10 No. 2 St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) at the Newark National Invitational. 5. (6) Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, Calif.), 23-0
The Knights are three wins away from a perfect regular season. Bishop Montgomery led Lincoln (San Diego) 57-4 at the half Saturday at the Fairfax State Preview showcase before cruising to a 79-34 victory.