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Top 25 Michigan boys basketball rankings for Jan. 6, 2020: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s jumps to No. 1, with Ann Arbor Huron close behind

By: TJ KELLEY, January 6, 2020, 10:22 am

A rollercoaster ride through December, loaded with great games, continues into January with more great matchups. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is No. 1 with Ann Arbor Huron a close second.  Here are the top 25 teams in the state entering the first full week of 2020:

1. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (5-0) 

Key wins: at No. 3 Grand Blanc, vs Farmington, vs. No. 4 Clarkston.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 18 vs. No. 12 Flint Beecher at Ferndale, Jan. 21 vs. No. 21 Warren De La Salle, Jan. 28 at Birmingham Brother Rice.

Previous ranking: 2

2. Ann Arbor Huron (4-0) 

Key Wins: vs. DEPSA, vs. No. 13 Waterford Mott.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 11 vs. North Farmington at Belleville HS, Jan. 24 vs. Ann Arbor Skyline.

Previous ranking: 4

3. Grand Blanc (4-1) 

Key Wins: vs. No. 20 Detroit Douglass, vs. Chicago Lincoln Park; Loss: vs. No. 1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 7 vs. University of Detroit-Jesuit, Jan. 10 at Flint Powers, Jan. 12 vs. No. 13 Waterford Mott at Oakland U, Jan. 17 at Davison, Jan. 18 vs. Birmingham Brother Rice at Albion, Jan. 24 vs. Kalamazoo Central, Jan. 25 at Ferndale, Jan. 31 vs. Flint Carman-Ainsworth.

Previous ranking: 5

4. Clarkston (4-1) 

Key Wins: vs. No. 15 Flint Carman-Ainsworth; Loss: at No. 1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Key Upcoming games: Jan. 10 vs. Oak Park, Jan. 18 vs. No. 17 Detroit King at Ferndale, Jan. 21 at Ferndale, Jan. 24 vs. North Farmington.

Previous ranking: 15

5. Hudsonville (5-0) 

Key Wins: Wyoming Godwin Heights, Hudsonville Unity Christian, Forest Hills Northern.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 14 vs Grand Haven, Feb. 1 vs. No. 1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.

Previous ranking: 6

6. Grand Rapids Christian (6-0) 

Key Wins: vs. Zeeland East, vs. Grand Rapids Christian, vs. Holland Christian.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 17 vs. Wyoming, Jan. 31 vs. Grand Rapids South Christian.

Previous ranking: N/R

7. North Farmington (6-0)

Key Wins: vs Detroit CMA, vs. Farmington

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 7 vs. No. 11 Ferndale, Jan. 11 vs. No. 2 Ann Arbor Huron at Belleville, Jan. 24 vs. Ann Arbor Skyline.

Previous ranking: N/R

8. Grand Rapids Catholic Central (4-1) 

Key Wins: No. 9 River Rouge; Loss: No. 6 Grand Rapids Christian

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 18 vs. No. 14 Benton Harbor at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, Jan. 24 at Sparta.

Previous ranking: 8

9. River Rouge (4-1) 

Key Wins: No. 10 Ypsilanti Lincoln, No. 17 Detroit King; Loss: No. 8 Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Key Upcoming Games: vs. No. 21 Warren De La Salle at Ferndale, Jan. 21 at Harper Woods.

Previous ranking: 10

10. Ypsilanti Lincoln (3-1) 

Key Win: Okemos; Loss: No. 9 River Rouge. 

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 20 vs. DEPSA, Jan. 31 at Ypsilanti.

Previous ranking: 1

11. Ferndale (1-1) 

Key Win: No. 12 Flint Beecher; Loss: Chicago Lincoln Park; Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 7 vs. No. 7 North Farmington, Jan. 18 vs. No. 22 Muskegon.

Previous ranking: 14

12. Flint Beecher (4-1) 

Key Wins: No. 15 Flint Carman-Ainsworth, No. 14 Benton Harbor; Loss: No. 11 Ferndale; Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 18 vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s at Ferndale.

Previous ranking: 21

13. Waterford Mott (1-1) 

Key Win: No. 17 Detroit King; Loss: Ann Arbor Huron.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan 7 at Walled Lake Northern, Jan 12 vs. No. 3 Grand Blanc at Oakland University, Jan. 21 at Walled Lake Western.

Previous ranking: 16

14. Benton Harbor (6-1) 

Key Wins: Kalamazoo Central; Loss: No. 12 Flint Beecher.

Key Upcoming Games: vs. No. 8 Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, Jan. 25 vs. No. 20 Detroit Douglass.

Previous ranking: 12

15. Flint Carman-Ainsworth (4-2) 

Key Wins: No. 24 Saginaw, Davison, No. 16 Detroit Cass Tech; Losses: No. 12 Flint Beecher, No. 4 Clarkston; Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 14 at Saginaw Heritage, Jan. 17 at Mt. Pleasant, Jan. 31 at No. 3 Grand Blanc.

Previous ranking: 20

16. Detroit Cass Tech (3-1) 

Key Wins: Macomb Dakota, Detroit Henry Ford, No. 24 Saginaw; Loss: No. 15 Flint Carman-Ainsworth

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 7 at Detroit Mumford, Jan. 17 vs. Detroit Renaissance.

Previous ranking: 11

17. Detroit King (5-2)
Key Wins: Farmington, Ypsilanti; Losses: No. 9 River Rouge, No. 13 Waterford Mott.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 14 at Detroit Pershing, Jan. 17 vs. No. 20 Detroit Douglass, Jan. 18 vs. No. 4 Clarkston at Ferndale.

Previous ranking: 7

18. East Lansing (5-0) 

Key Win: Williamston.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 14 at Okemos.

Previous ranking: N/R

19. Grand Rapids Union (5-0) 

Key Wins: Rockford, No. 25 Hanover-Horton

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 10 at Muskegon.

Previous ranking: N/R

20. Detroit Douglass (5-1)

Key Wins: Wayne Memorial, Detroit Pershing; Loss: Grand Blanc; Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 11 vs. Saline at Belleville, Jan 17 at Detroit King, Jan. 18 vs. Farmington at Ferndale, Jan. 25 vs. Benton Harbor.

Previous ranking: 19

21. Warren De La Salle (4-0) 

Key Wins: West Bloomfield

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 7 at Eastpointe, Jan. 10 vs. Birmingham Brother Rice, Jan. 18 vs. No. 9 River Rouge at Ferndale, Jan. 21 at No. 1 Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Jan. 31 at Birmingham Brother Rice.

Previous ranking: N/R

22. Muskegon (2-1) 

Key Wins: Rockford, East Kentwood; Loss: Chicago Currie.

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 10 vs. No. 19 Grand Rapids Union, Jan. 18 at No. 11 Ferndale

Previous ranking: 13

23. Mt. Pleasant (4-0) 

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 10 vs. Saginaw Heritage, Jan. 20 vs. Flint Carman-Ainsworth.

Previous ranking: N/R

24. Saginaw (2-3)

Key Win: Troy; Losses: Bay City Central, No. 15 Flint Carman-Ainsworth, No. 16 Detroit Cass Tech

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 25 vs. Westland John Glenn

Previous ranking: 3

25 Hanover-Horton (3-1) 

Key Loss: No. 19 Grand Rapids Union

Key Upcoming Games: Jan. 14 vs. Grass Lake, Jan. 23 at Michigan Center

Previous ranking: 17

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Dropped out: No. 9 Macomb Dakota (3-2), No. 18 Detroit Edison (2-2), No. 22 Wayne Memorial (0-3), No. 23 Hudsonville Unity Christian (3-1), No. 24 Williamston (5-1), No. 25 Iron Mountain (4-0).

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CLICK HERE for the initial top 25 rankings. 

Next rankings: Jan. 20