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Top 25 Michigan boys basketball rankings for Feb. 2, 2020: Muskegon, Cass Tech move into top 10, GR Christian into top 5

By: TJ KELLEY, February 2, 2020, 9:01 pm

Division 1 teams keep battling and there are eight — if not more — teams that have legitimate shots at hoisting the Championship trophy in eight weeks. Western Michigan teams are riding high in Division 2 with three ranked teams in the state’s top 10. Beecher is looking to continue its domination in Division 3 with tough teams in Iron Mountain, DEPSA, and Hanover-Horton waiting for their chance at the title. Southfield Christian plays the toughest Division 4 schedule and they again are the favorites to win a state title.

1 Ann Arbor Huron (11-0. 5-0 SEC White) — First place in the SEC-White and quality wins over DEPSA, North Farmington, Shaker Heights (Ohio), and an Isaiah Jackson-less Waterford Mott. Previous ranking: 1

2 Flint Beecher (11-1, 8-0 GAC) — Eleven straight wins after a season-opening loss to Ferndale. Wins over No. 3 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, No. 8 Benton Harbor, and a very good Flint Carman-Ainsworth help the resume. The Division 3 favorites as of now. Previous ranking: 3

3 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (11-1, 4-0 CHSL Central) — A dominating win over former No. 2 Hudsonville on Saturday, wins over former No. 19 Brother Rice and No. 20 Warren De La Salle in the last two weeks along with an early win over No. 4 Clarkston have the Eaglets soaring. Previous ranking: 4

4 Clarkston (10-1, 5-0 OAA-Red) — Nine straight wins after an early loss to No. 3 OLSM has Clarkston playing as well as anyone. Previous ranking: 5

5 Grand Rapids Christian (13-0, 6-0 O-K Gold) — The top team in Division 2 is trucking with more pieces than just one superstar. Previous ranking: 6

6 Grand Rapids Catholic Central (11-1, 6-0 O-K Blue) — GRCC’s lone loss is to fellow D2 Grand Rapids Christian, and they rebounded nicely back in December with a road win vs. one-loss No. 7-ranked River Rouge. Feb. 8 at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills vs. No. 8 Benton Harbor in the Mayweather Classic should be a good one. Previous ranking: 7

7 River Rouge (13-1, 4-0 MMAC Blue) — Tight wins over Hamtramck pretty much locked their league championship up.  Feb. 22, the Panthers host No. 8 Benton Harbor. Previous ranking: 8

8 Benton Harbor (11-1) — A 73-51 win over former No. 11 Ypsilanti Lincoln on Saturday in the Redhawks Showcase in Grand Rapids was very impressive. Their lone loss is to No. 2 Beecher with No. 6 Grand Rapids Catholic Central and No. 7 River Rouge on the schedule over the next three weeks. Previous ranking: 10

9 Detroit Cass Tech (13-1, 8-0 PSL West) — A bucket is the difference in the Technicians have one loss and being undefeated as Flint Carman-Ainsworth won 55-54 in late December. The PSL playoffs will more than likely have them match up with Detroit Douglass and/or Detroit King in the very near future. Previous ranking: 13

10 Muskegon (10-1, 6-0 O-K Black) — A solid win over a tough Saginaw team on Saturday keeps Muskegon’s record against Michigan teams unblemished. OK-Black league standings could be shaken up on Friday as the Big Reds visit Grand Rapids Union.  On Saturday, Muskegon hosts a very strong Grand Blanc team which will be a contender for the Division 1 state championship, perhaps a Breslin preview. Previous ranking: 14

11 Hudsonville (11-1) Previous ranking:2

12 Detroit King (12-3) Previous ranking: 16

13 Waterford Mott (11-2) Previous ranking: 9

14 Mt. Pleasant (13-0) Previous ranking: 12

15 Grand Blanc (10-3) Previous ranking:: 21

16 Bridgeport (13-0) Previous ranking: 15

17 Detroit Douglass (13-3) Previous ranking: 17

18 Flint Carman-Ainsworth (9-4) Previous ranking: N/R

19 Hanover-Horton (11-1) Previous ranking: 23

20 DEPSA (7-3) Previous ranking: N/R

21 East Lansing (11-1) Previous ranking: N/R

22 Macomb Dakota (13-2) Previous ranking: N/R

23 Williamston (13-1) Previous ranking: N/R

24 Iron Mountain (12-0) Previous ranking: N/R

25 Pewamo-Westphalia (10-1) Previous ranking: N/R

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CLICK HERE for the initial top 25 rankings.

CLICK HERE for the Jan. 6 rankings update.

CLICK HERE for the Jan. 20 rankings update.

Next rankings: Feb. 16

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The final 15 spots were inadvertently omitted when the rankings were originally posted. Please excuse the lapse.]