Putting together a talent-heavy roster generally goes a long way toward producing deep postseason runs and claiming the hardware that goes along with winning state championships. However, there are no guarantees.
Sometimes the hardware is attained simply because the champion gets hot at the right time, sneaks up on the rest of the field and steals the show.
While the usual hombres are once again favorites to win it all in Nebraska, so long as they survived the chaos that is Nebraska boys district basketball, MaxPreps is taking a look at those Cornhusker State teams that are hot at the moment. Some of the names on our Nebraska Top 10 boys basketball winning streaks post won't surprise our readers — but some may.
Ogallala and Riverside are Nebraska's lone unbeaten boys basketball teams in 2018-19, and they grab the top two spots in this week's Top 10 with 26- and 22-game winning streaks, respectively. Class A power Bellevue West takes a 25-1 mark into next weekend's state tournament and is tied with the Chargers at the runner-up spot after claiming 22 straight wins, while Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast sits fourth with 20 straight wins. Omaha Roncalli Catholic rounds out the Top 5 after winning its 19 straight contest in the District Final.
Classes A, B, C1, C2 and D2 are all represented in this week's Top 10. Class D1's Wauneta-Palisade is the owner of its classification's longest winning streak, but just missed the Top 10 cut with eight straight triumphs.
Class D2 as a whole is Nebraska's hottest classification. Riverside and Falls City Sacred Heart both made the climb into the Top 10 with 22 and 13-game winning streaks respectively, while Humphrey St. Francis and Osmond have both collected 11 triumphs in a row. Exeter-Milligan, meanwhile, carries a nine-game victory streak into next weekend's state tournament action.
While Ogallala and Riverside made it through regular season and district play undefeated, Bellevue West, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast, Aurora and Falls City Sacred Heart made this week's Top 10 with one loss each. Twelve boys basketball programs have won 10 straight games – or more — and they are ready for the rip roaring postseason basketball fun coming their way in March.
On the first line we have provided the school, its updated won-loss record and the winning streak the school is currently on. The second line lists each school's MaxPreps Ranking as of Friday — locally and nationally – and the third line informs the reader of the school's last loss and the date it occurred on.Nebraska's current Top 10 boys basketball win streaks1. Ogallala (26-0) — 26 straight wins
Class C1 No. 1 | No. 5 Nebraska | 429th Nationally
Fell to Wahoo 87-44 in the 2018 Class C1 state quarterfinals2. (tie) Riverside (Cedar Rapids) (22-0) — 22 straight wins
Class D2 No. 2 | No. 39 Nebraska | 2,608th Nationally
Fell to Falls City Sacred Heart 59-42 in the 2018 Class D2 state final2. (tie) Bellevue West (Bellevue) (25-1) — 22 straight wins
Class A No. 1 | No. 2 Nebraska | 295th Nationally
Fell to Lincoln Southeast 64-57, Dec. 84. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast (Bancroft) (24-1) — 20 straight wins
Class C2 No. 1 | No. 13 Nebraska | 1,137th Nationally
Fell to Howells-Dodge 61-51, Dec. 145. Roncalli Catholic (Omaha) (23-2) — 19 straight wins
Class B No. 3 | No. 4 Nebraska | 424th Nationally
Fell to Platteview 56-54, Dec. 186. (tie) Aurora (25-1) — 17 straight wins
Class B No. 1 | No. 1 Nebraska | 246th Nationally
Fell to Gretna 50-41, Dec. 296. (tie) Wahoo (23-3) — 17 straight wins
Class C1 No. 2 | No. 10 Nebraska | 823rd Nationally
Fell to Seward 56-54, Dec. 298. Bridgeport (23-2) — 16 straight wins
Class C2 No. 5 | No. 33 Nebraska | 2,024th Nationally
Fell to Ogallala 70-63, Jan. 39. Omaha Central (Omaha) (20-5) — 14 straight wins
Class A No. 3 | No. 9 Nebraska | 707th Nationally
Fell to Omaha Creighton Prep 64-40, Jan. 310. Sacred Heart (Falls City) (24-1) — 13 straight wins
Class D2 No. 1 | No. 25 Nebraska | 1,811th Nationally
Fell to Mound City (Mo.) 68-56, Jan. 5