In big news off the court last week, plans were announced for the inaugural State Champions Invitational, which will be held April 7-9. An extension of GEICO Nationals, the event is expected to feature four state champions from around the country and could have major long-term ramifications.
MaxPreps Top 25 basketball rankings
Record: 31-1 | Last week: 1
Opened Class 6A state tournament play with a 97-63 victory over Grand Prairie behind Kentucky signee Cason Wallace
(28 points) and Alabama signee Rylan Griffen
(27). Meets the winner of Marcus (Flower Mound) and Allen in second round action.
Record: 28-1 | Last week: 2
Face Shoemaker (Killeen) in Class 6A state tournament action tonight. The Panthers are in search of the program's third consecutive state championship.
Record: 20-2 | Last week: 3
Take on North Broward in a rematch of a 51-49 win in the Class 4A District 13 title game. The Eagles are four wins away from repeating as state champions.
Record: 29-0 | Last week: 4
Extended the nation's third longest active win streak to 42 games with a 77-61 victory over Liberty (Henderson) in the Southern Region title game paced by 29 points from unsigned senior Darrion Williams
. Play Spanish Springs (Sparks) in the Class 5A state semifinals Friday night. With a win, the Gaels have the opportunity to break the national record with their 10 consecutive state title Saturday.
Record: 29-1 | Last week: 5
Advance to the CIF Southern Section Open Division title game to face No. 13 Harvard-Westlake on Friday night after finishing pool play 3-0 following a 91-46 blowout of Crean Lutheran (Irvine). The Huskies have won 26 consecutive games since a Nov. 26 loss to No. 2 Duncanville.
Record: 23-0 | Last week: 6
Florida State signee Tom House
and unsigned senior Rich Rolf
joined Indiana pledge Gabe Cupps
in the 1,000 point club during a 73-33 victory over Fairborn. The Elks extended the nation's fourth longest win streak to 39 games.
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 7
Top-ranked junior D.J. Wagner
exploded for 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 78-66 victory over Camden Catholic (Camden). Three regular season games remain before the Panthers begin postseason play against Oakcrest (Mays Landing) on Feb. 28.
Record: 23-3 | Last week: 8
Arkansas signee Nick Smith
dropped 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 72-41 win over Bryant. The Charging Wildcats own quality wins over No. 1 Richardson, No. 20 Dr. Phillips, No. 22 Beaumont United, Bartlett (Tenn.) Cane Ridge (Nashville, Tenn.), Kimball (Dallas), Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy (Dallas) and Whitney Young (Chicago).
Record: 21-2 | Last week: 10
Nebraska signee Jamarques Lawrence
continued a strong senior campaign, contributing 26 points and eight rebounds in a 66-62 win over National Top 20 No. 17 Patrick School (Hillside, N.J.) to close regular season play. Face Linden on Wednesday in the Union County Tournament semifinals.
Record: 30-1 | Last week: 12
The Hilltoppers dominated all facets of the game against a strong in-state opponent to complete regular season play, defeating Simeon (Chicago) 60-32 behind Army pledge Bobby Durkin
(19 points) and Gonzaga-bound Braden Huff
Record: 25-2 | Last week: 13
Captured the Region 2 AAAAAAA championship with a 68-62 victory over East Coweta (Sharpsburg) led by 16 points from junior C.J. Adams
. The Falcons open GHSA Class 7A state tournament play against Parkview (Lilburn) on Thursday.
31-3 | Last week:
Take on Cannon (Concord) in the NCISAA Class 4A state semifinals tonight following their 55-33 triumph over Charlotte Christian (Charlotte) in the quarterfinals. The Bengals are favorites to capture the program's 12th state championship Saturday.
24-2 | Last week:
Shocked previous No. 9 Sierra Canyon 63-60 in the final game of pool play to advance to the CIF Southern Section Open Division title game against No. 5 Centennial. The Wolverines also avenged one of their two losses against Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 68-43 last week.
Record: 23-4 | Last week: 11
Bishop O'Connell (Arlington) knocked off the Panthers for the second time this season Monday night in a 54-52 thriller. PVI finishes regular season play as co-champions of the WCAC and will open the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed Saturday.
Record: 21-4 | Last week: 14
After cruising through the first three rounds of the Philadelphia Public League playoffs by an average margin of victory of 35 points, the Panthers battle West Philadelphia in the semifinals tonight.
24-4 | Last week:
Suffered a heartbreaking 63-60 loss at the hands of No. 13 Harvard-Westlake (Studio City), falling short of the CIF Southern Section Open Division title game. The Trailblazers still have an opportunity to capture the state championship, although their road will be tougher as a lower seed.
Record: 22-2 | Last week: 17
Wrapped up regular season play as the CHSAA Class AA regular season co-champions behind league MVP Tobe Awaka
and first team all-league selection Ian Jackson
. The Cardinals open CHSAA Class AA Sectional play against Monsignor Scanlan (Bronx) tonight.
Record: 22-3 | Last week: 18
Completed regular season play as the CHSAA Class AA regular season co-champions led by first team all-league selection Samuel Gibbs
and second team selection Isaiah Alexander
, both unsigned seniors. The Crusaders open CHSAA Class AA Sectional play against Iona Prep (New Rochelle) tonight.
22-0 | Last week:
The Bulldogs emerged with a 57-49 overtime win over O'Dea (Seattle) in the district title game behind a team-high 15 points from junior forward Sherrell McCullum Jr.
Washington pledge Koren Johnson
added 13 points, including seven in overtime.
Record: 23-5 | Last week: 19
Have an opportunity to avenge their Class 7A District 5 championship game loss to Olympia (Orlando) tonight in the second round of the state tournament. The Panthers hope to repeat as state champions in the Sunshine State's highest classification for the first time since Winter Park went back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.
Record: 18-5 | Last week: 20
Providence commit Jayden Pierre
led the way with 17 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in the Crusaders' 94-53 victory over Albany Academy (Albany) to conclude regular season play.
Record: 29-3 | Last week: 21
Begin their Class 5A state championship defense with a showdown against Texas City tonight. The Timberwolves were led by three double-figure scorers this season: four-star junior Wesley Yates III
(19.2), Houston signee Terrance Arceneaux
(15.5) and junior Trealyn Porchia
Record: 28-1 | Last week: 22
Open postseason play tonight against Bourbon County (Paris). The Cardinals are in search of their first KHSAA Sweet 16 state championship in program history.
Record: 28-1 | Last week: 24
Commence Class 6A state tournament play tonight with a contest against Conroe. The Mustangs are in search of their first state championship in program history.
Record: 25-0 | Last week: 25
Own the nation's second longest win streak at 43 games dating back to last season. The Warriors start their state title defense tonight against Olympic (Charlotte) in the first round of Class 4A state tournament action.
NOTE: Prior to the 2021-22 season, MaxPreps adopted a split approach to
the rankings. The MaxPreps Top 25 is a measure of public and private
schools belonging to recognized governing bodies that compete for state
championships. The National Top 20 encompasses a broad spectrum of
sub-collegiate programs that in most cases are not full members of
state-level governing bodies and do not compete for state championships.