MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Basketball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard1. (No. 1 last week) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 28-0
The Monarchs nearly saw their national title hopes go up in flames Friday night in the first round of Southern Section Open Division playoffs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (Montebello) took Mater Dei to overtime but the three-time defending state champs survived 66-59. Up next is Mayfair (Lakewood) on Friday.2. (2) Rainier Beach (Seattle), 25-0
Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) took the Vikings to the wire a week ago, but Beach wasn't taking any chances Saturday night in the Sea-King District title game. The two-time defending Class 3A state champs blitzed the Crusaders 78-38 and advance to the regionals and a matchup with Mercer Island this week.3. (3) Curie (Chicago), 24-1
The Condors survived an instant classic Chicago Public League tournament final with Whitney Young, going four overtimes Friday night for a 69-66 victory. Curie was feeling good after winning its first title in an event that dates back to the early 1900s. Then Michael O'Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times dropped this eligibility bomb late Sunday night
. Stay tuned.
4. (4) Montverde Academy (Fla.), 24-1
Regular season complete. The Eagles are expected to participate in the Dick's Sporting Goods High School National Tournament in early April.5. (5) White Station (Memphis, Tenn.), 29-1
The Spartans meet Overton (Memphis) on Tuesday following a 55-51 win over Houston (Germantown) in the Region 8-AAA playoffs over the weekend. Illinois signee LeRon Black led the way with 21 points.