Glossary: Their rank, ratings points (formula used to rank each team), division they play in, won-loss record and a brief review of each team's past week and a look ahead at this week's schedule.
#1-(1.50)-D1N-Lynn English (7-0)
Last week's rank (NR). The Bulldogs had a light schedule last week taking care of Danvers (73-56) while Jarrel Byrd scored his 1,000 career point. This week its NEC foes Swampscott and Saugus. Averaging a robust 76.4 points per game and margin of victory of 18.5 points. Is it too early to look ahead to Brockton on February 7th?
#2-(2.16)-D1N-Central Catholic (7-0)
Last week's rank (NR). Central took care of a couple of MVC teams, Chelmsford (63-38) and #7 Andover (65-58), last week. The Raider defense is surrendering only 43.85 PPG and Central's average margin of victory is 24.28 points. This week it is a little home cooking with Methuen and Lawrence traveling in to the Raider den. Good luck.
#3-(3.66)-D1S-Newton North (8-0)
Last week's rank (NR). Last week Newton North took care of two of the better teams in the Bay State League, Weymouth (74-54) and Milton (67-49) The Tigers are pouring in the hoop at a 72.38 PPG and only Newton South has been within 15 points at game's end. This week is extremely busy for the Tigers as they travel to Brookline, take on Needham at home then, in a late addition to their schedule, head to Springfield (See Danny V's Boston Herald blog) to take on St. Francis of Baltimore MD in the 2010 Spaulding Hoophall Classic.
#4-(3.83)-D1N-St. John's Prep (8-0)
Last week's rank (NR). Last week the Prep took care of fellow Catholic Conference member Malden Catholic (57-40) and the NEC's Lynn Classical (76-50). The Eagles are averaging 75.38 PPG and have only allowed an opponent in the 60's twice. This week the Eagles are road warriors as they travel to CMass to take on Leominster and then take on CM in a league battle.
#5-(6.00)-D1N-East Boston (7-0)
Last week's rank (NR). Last week East Boston shocked #6 Madison Park (91-82) and slipped by Snowden (74-70). The Jets are averaging 75.28 PPG and with an average margin of victory of 15.42 points a game. Eastie has played three games decided by 10 points or less and won them all. This week a home tilt against Fenway and a barn burner at #8 Wareham on Friday. Get there early.
#6-(8.16)-D1S-Madison Park (6-1)
Last week's rank (NR). Last week Madison Park got its first blemish of the year, a (91-82) loss to #5 East Boston. The Cardinals rebounded nicely with wins over O'Bryant (82-50) and Fenway (65-49). So far this year Madison Park has allowed only 45.83 PPG in its wins, in the Cardinals one loss, 91. This week MP plays at Snowden and comes home to take on Charlestown.
Last week's rank (NR). Last week the Golden Warriors split their two games, a (60-35) victory over Methuen and a (65-58) loss to #2 Central Catholic. Andover is averaging 64.25 PPG and has held 5 opponents under 50 points. This week the Golden Warriors are busy as they entertain the Dracut Middies, hit the road for a MVC tilt with Lowell and then get to head to #10 Brockton for a Sunday matinee. Looks like a tough trifecta to me.
Last week's rank (NR). This past week Wareham defeated fellow South Coast Conference members Dighton-Rehoboth (78-51), Fairhaven (96-32) and Apponequet (94-70). This year the high flying Vikings are averaging 81.77 PPG but in their only loss (#4 St. John's Prep) were held to 63 points. This week Wareham travels to SCC's Case and then will have the gym rocking Friday night against #5 East Boston.
Last week's rank (NR). Franklin swept a couple of Hockomock League opponents, Stoughton (70-60) and Mansfield (60-59), last week. In the latter game Matt Palazini scored his 1,000 career point. The Panthers are averaging 73.75 PPG. Six of Franklin's eight wins have come by 13 points or less. Very atypical for an (8-0) team. A hectic week starts with home league games against Sharon and #17 Oliver Ames and finishes with a road tilt at the OCL's Attleboro on Sunday.
Last week's rank (NR). The Boxers haven't played since beating CMass Wachusett (71-53) on January 2nd. Despite being "under the radar" they are still averaging 74.5 PPG. Brockton returns from their mini vacation with a three home game week against Dartmouth, Durfee followed by Andover on Sunday. Is this the week we see Mario Monroe make his first appearance for the Boxers? My guess is yes.
#11-(12.16)-D4N-New Mission (8-0)
Last week's rank (NR). The Titans disposed of Dorchester (89-44) and Brighton (72-67) last week. New Mission's offense has been putting up unbelievable numbers and is averaging 76.0 PPG for the year but 87.0 in its last three. Average margin of victory has been 27.25. This week its two road games for the Titans against Hyde Park and Boston English.
Last week's rank (NR). This past week Acton-Boxboro bested Dual County League mates Wayland (57-50) and Tyngsboro (65-29). The Colonials are averaging 64.0 PPG but interestingly enough have only scored more than 68 once. So there offense has been extremely consistent. This week starts with a huge DCL game tonight at Westford Academy and finishes with a game at rival Lincoln-Sudbury.
Last week's rank (NR). Last week Everett won both its Greater Boston League games, (50-38) over Medford and (59-55) over Cambridge. The Crimson Tide is averaging only 51.8 PPG but has allowed a meager 43.0 PPG. Regretfully shut down defense will most likely be impacted now the star Nerlens Noel has been sidelined for the season with an injury sustained before the Cambridge game. This week the Tide will try and put that behind them with games at Malden, followed by home games against Somerville and Lynn Classical. Don't count the Tide out yet.
Last week's rank (NR). Belmont had a big (3-0) Middlesex League statement week with wins over Winchester (49-47), Burlington (64-59) and knocking off undefeated Reading (66-51) yesterday. The Marauders are averaging 66.7 PPG. Six of their seven wins have been by less than 15 points and they have won four games by four points or less. So certainly a team with nerves of steel. This week the Marauders. This week it is more Middlesex League action versus Stoneham and at Watertown.
Last week's rank (NR). The Sailors cruised through last week's action with wins over Silver Lake (81-59), North Quincy (69-55) and Middleboro (72-41). Scituate is averaging 71.0 PPG and has picked up the pace in the last four games to 74.25 PPG. This week the Sailors have Hanover at home followed by a road trip to Pembroke on Friday.
Last week's rank (NR). The Hornets defeated Sharon (67-33) before being handed their first heartbreaking loss of the year by #9 Franklin (60-59). Mansfield is averaging 70.11 PPG but has started to see its offense slip a little in its last five to 65.0 PPG. The Hornets will look to rebound this week against #17 Oliver Ames and North Attleboro with both games being on the road.
#17-(18.33)-D2S-Oliver Ames (8-0)
Last week's rank (NR). The Tigers disposed of the Hock' King Philip (60-42) and the Mayflower League's Southeastern Regional last week. OA's offense is pumping out 65.1 PPG while holding opponents to a 55.1 average. This week the Tigers are in the unenviable position of being the only team that has plays two Top 20 teams, home against #16 Mansfield and at #9 Franklin. Sounds fun.
Last week's rank (NR). The Vikings motored through last week with wins over Malden (61-49) and Peabody (67-45). Winthrop is averaging 72.7 PPG and has a victory margin of 27.5 PPG. This week a couple of stiff Northeastern Conference test vs Lynn Classical and at high scoring Salem.
Last week's rank (NR). The Rockets started out the week hot with wins over Melrose (58-43) and Lexington (52-44). The end of the week wasn't as rosy as Reading was handed their first loss by Belmont (66-51). The Rockets are only averaging 57.6 PPG but it doesn't matter when your "D" is only allowing 50.6 PPG. This week they travel to Middlesex League rival Woburn, then return home to face the Stoneham Spartans.
#20-(20.66)-D2N-North Andover (7-1)
Last week's rank (NR). The Scarlet Knights had a successful week with wins over Lynnfield (73-50) and Amesbury (60-27). North Andover is averaging 58.8 PPG. The Scarlet Knights have allowed an opponent to score more than 50 points only once and it just so happens it was in their loss to #7 Andover (52-50). This week is busy with two road games at Ipswich and Amesbury, then a Sunday tilt against the MVC's Haverhill.
Here are the sources for the BCS type rankings form above.
- Danny V's Boston Herald blog
- Boston Globe