Top 25 Michigan boys basketball rankings for Feb. 17, 2020: Flint Beecher takes over No. 1 slot from Huron, Wyoming and Chandler Park enter top 25
Losses throughout the top 25 including Ann Arbor Huron at the No. 1 spot left the opportunities for Wyoming and Harper Woods Chandler Park to enter this week’s rankings, and Grand Blanc re-enters the Top 10. Cass Tech won its third Detroit PSL Championship in four years, while the Catholic League playoffs start next Saturday.
1. Flint Beecher (16-1, 13-0 GAC) — Sixteen straight wins after a season-opening loss to Ferndale. Wins over No. 2 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, No. 5 Benton Harbor, and a very good Flint Carman-Ainsworth help the resume. The Division 3 favorites as of now. (Previous ranking: 2)
2. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (15-1, 8-0 CHSL Central) — The Eaglets’ lone loss was a month ago to No. 1 Flint Beecher. Undefeated in the tough CHSL Central with the league playoffs tipping off on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Birmingham Marian. (Previous ranking: 3)
3. Clarkston (14-1, 8-0 OAA Red) — On a 13-game win streak with their lone loss at the hands of No. 2 OLSM on the road in early December. The Wolves will look to secure the OAA Red league title over the next week as they host second-place Ferndale (5-2 OAA Red). (Previous ranking: 4)
4. River Rouge (16-1, 10-0 MMAC Blue) The MMAC Blue Champs and a huge game on Feb. 22, when the Panthers host No. 5 Benton Harbor. (Previous ranking: 7)
5. Benton Harbor (15-1) — A Feb. 8 win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the Floyd Mayweather Jr. Classic. No. 4 River Rouge awaits in a Feb. 22 showdown when the Tigers come into town. (Previous ranking: 8)
6. Detroit Cass Tech (17-1, 10-0 PSL West) — Cass Tech captured its third PSL title in four years with a commanding win over Detroit Douglass. March 5 are the Operation Friendship games, when the Technicians will face the Catholic League champions. (Previous ranking: 9)
7. Grand Blanc (14-3, 7-0 SVL Blue) — Undefeated in the SVL Blue and a big road victory at No. 13 Muskegon moves the Bobcats back into the top 10. (Previous ranking: 15)
8. Ann Arbor Huron (14-1, 7-1 SEC White) — Previously ranked No. 1, the Hurons’ 14-game win streak ended on the road vs. Ann Arbor Skyline. Rivalry games this week on Tuesday vs. Saline and on Friday at Ann Arbor Pioneer can shape the outcome of the SEC White. (Previous ranking: 1)
9. Hudsonville (14-1, 9-0 OK Red) — Riding a three-game win streak with a big game at home on Feb. 18th vs. No. 22 Wyoming. The OK-Red title is all but theirs. (Previous ranking: 11)
10. Ypsilanti Lincoln (13-2, 11-0 SEC-White) — The defending champs are on a four-game win streak. The Rail Splitters can lock up the SEC White with wins over Chelsea on Tuesday and on Friday at EMU’s Convocation Center vs. Ypsilanti. (Previous ranking: N/R)
11. Waterford Mott (14-2, 12-0 Lakes Valley Conference) — A 14-game win streak all but has the Lakes Valley Conference in their hands. (Previous ranking: 13)
12. Mt. Pleasant (15-0, 10-0 SVL-Red) — The Oilers face Saginaw twice in the next two weeks and a Feb. 28 game at Grand Blanc, making this the toughest part of Mt. Pleasant’s schedule. (Previous ranking: 14)
13. Muskegon (13-2, 8-0 OK-Black) The Big Reds will more than likely win the OK-Black this week. (Previous ranking: 10)
14. Grand Rapids Christian (14-1, 7-1 OK-Gold) — A one-point loss to No. 22 Wyoming moves GRC out of the top 10. (Previous ranking: 5)
15. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (14-2, 9-0 OK-Blue) — The Cougars’ loss to No. 5 Benton Harbor bumped them out of the top 10. (Previous ranking: 6)
16. Bridgeport (16-1, 11-1 TVC-East) — The 53-game regular-season win streak may have been snapped with a Feb. 7 loss to Frankenmuth, but Bridgeport can wrap up its second straight league title by winning out. (Previous ranking: 16)
17. Detroit Douglass (15-4, 7-1 PSL East) — The Hurricanes are PSL runners-up after losing to Cass Tech in the PSL Championship game. They’ll face the CHSL runner-up in Operation Friendship on March 5. (Previous ranking: 17)
18. Hanover-Horton (14-1, 10-0 Cascades Conference) — The Cascades Conference title is theirs for the second year in a row. (Previous ranking: 19)
19. Detroit Edison (10-4) — The Pioneers don’t go a week without playing a strong Division 1 team, last week they traveled to No. 3 Clarkston where they lost, 63-56. On Feb. 22, they face Detroit King. (Previous ranking: 20)
20. East Lansing (13-1, 8-1 CAAC Blue) — The CAAC Blue league title is on the line as the Trojans look to avenge their lone loss on Tuesday, Feb. 18 vs. rival Okemos. (Previous ranking: 21)
21. Iron Mountain (14-0, 7-0 West PAC East) — The eye is on the prize and the prize is in East Lansing on Saturday, March 28. (Previous ranking: 24)
22. Wyoming (14-1, 8-1 OK Gold) — A big win vs. previously undefeated Grand Rapids Christian also gave Wyoming the edge in the OK-Gold. (Previous ranking: N/R)
23. Williamston (15-2, 7-1 CAAC Red) — While Williamston will more than likely win the CAAC Red, last week’s loss to Lansing Eastern shows the second-place Quakers aren’t going down without a fight. (Previous ranking: 23)
24. Pewamo-Westphalia (13-1, 9-1 CMAC) — The Pirates control their own destiny, as winning out secures the CMAC title. (Previous ranking: 25)
25. Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (11-2, 5-0 Charter School Conference East) — Riding a 10-game win streak, the Eagles are two more wins away from winning their conference tournament. (Previous ranking: N/R)
DROPPED OUT: No. 12 Detroit King; No. 18 Flint Carman-Ainsworth; No. 22 Macomb Dakota
PREVIOUS TOP 25 RANKINGS:
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CLICK HERE for the Jan. 6 rankings update.
CLICK HERE for the Jan. 20 rankings update.
CLICK HERE for the Feb. 3 rankings update.
Final regular-season rankings: March 2
SMALL SCHOOL RANKINGS:
CLICK HERE for the Jan. 27 small-school rankings.
CLICK HERE for the Feb. 10 small-school rankings.