This is a combined TOP 20 poll using information gathered from the Boston Herald, Boston Globe, BeantownHoops.com. nehoopnews.com and Maxpreps.com through February 10, 2010. The goal is to provide the ultimate combined Top 20 in EMass sports. For more information on EMass boys basketball, including scores and records, please visit emasssports.com.
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 each team's remaining schedule for the regular season.
#1-(2.20)-D1N-Central Catholic (17-1)
Last week's rank (2). The Raiders dispatched of MVC foes Lawrence (73-60) and Haverhill (78-47) before falling to out-of-state power Bishop Hendricken (RI) (61-60) enduring their first loss of the year. Closing out the season for the Raiders will be a pair of games at the Comcast tourney, first versus BC High, then either #5 Newton North/Everett, before finishing with a home game against #6 St. John's Prep.
Last week's rank (3). The Boxers had a successful week with wins over the Old Colony League's Bridgewater-Raynham (90-67), clinching the Big 3 title with wins over Durfee (71-68) and New Bedford (81-65) and disposing of the Northeastern Conference's and #1 Lynn English (75-60). The last three games are no walk in the park as Brockton hits the road at #20 Catholic Memorial, then comes home for a pair against #8 Cambridge and the very unpredictable Attleboro Bombardiers. Combined records of the Boxers last three opponents is (38-12).
#3-(2.60)-D1S-Madison Park (15-1)
Last week's rank (4). The Cardinals stretched their winning streak to eleven games with wins over Snowden (72-48) and Charlestown (78-55). Left for Madison Park is a home game versus #8 Cambridge, followed by a game at the Reggie Lewis Center against the Rivers School before finishing with the Boston City Champion games.
#4-(4.25)-D1N-Lynn English (16-1)
Last week's rank (1). The Bulldogs had no problem last week with its two NEC opponents defeating Revere (76-55) and Peabody (69-57). What they did have a problem with was #2 Brockton (75-60) as they suffered their first defeat of the season. This week English never has to leave Lynn as it hosts Salem and Lynn Classical while playing a "road" game at Lynn Tech. Keep your eye on the Salem game as that has the whiff of an upset brewing.
#5-(5.75)-D1S-Newton North (17-2)
Last week's rank (5). The Tigers took care of Bay State League rivals Wellesley (73-63) and Brookline (68-43) last week. This week Newton North has no home cooking as they finish the Bay State League season at Needham before playing a pair in the Comcast Tournament against Everett then either #1 Central Catholic or BC High.
#6-(7.25)-D1N-St. John's Prep (16-1)
Last week's rank (6). The Eagles had a slow week with only a Catholic Conference win over Xaverian (73-55). Not so this week as Prep plays in the North Shore Invitational against Bishop Fenwick followed by a game against either Beverly or Danvers, before hitting the road to take on #1 Central Catholic.
#7-(7.50)-D4N-New Mission (17-1)
Last week's rank (8). New Mission took care of business in its only game of the week, a (81-40) victory over Hyde Park. This week is a tad more difficult as the have a make-up game against Boston English followed by a pair in the Boston City Championships. Not a easy road to hoe.
Last week's rank (9). The Falcons have slowly and quietly moved their way up the Top 20 ladder with wins over fellow GBLer Somerville (60-55) and Boston City League's West Roxbury (80-63) last week. This last week is nasty as Cambridge travels to #3 Madison Park, #2 Brockton, Lynn Tech and Newton South. Good luck, we'll check back to see the results next week.
#9-(10.25)-D1N-East Boston (15-3)
Last week's rank (10). The Jets had a slow week with only a win over Fenway (103-66). This week Eastie does battle at the Reggie Lewis Center against #2 in the state (if you believe highschoolsports.net) Lawrence Academy then on to the Boston City Championship games where both games will be against emasssports.com Top 20 teams. Ouch.
Last week's rank (11). The Vikings snared a couple of South Coast Conference decisions against Dighton-Rehoboth (81-36) and Fairhaven (66-37). This week Wareham ends their regular season with a home game against the Case Cardinals. Highly successful 2009/10 season for the Vikings.
Last week's rank (17). The Hornets jump up in the polls following Hockomock League victories over #16 Franklin (60-56) and Oliver Ames (60-38). The homestretch is extremely taxing as Mansfield takes on #12 North Attleboro, the Bay State League's Natick before finishing with either #13 Belmont or Dighton-Rehoboth. The good news is they are all being played in Mansfield.
#12-(13.25)-D1S-North Attleboro (13-3)
Last week's rank (15). The Red Rocketeers snared a lone win over Sharon (50-32) last week. This week is an extremely busy week for North with a game at #11 Mansfield, a home game against King Philip, then on the road at both Attleboro and Bishop Feehan. Could be a VERY tough week for the Red Rocketeers.
Last week's rank (7). The Marauders suffered their first setback of the year against Reading (55-53) before rebounding against Stoneham (94-74). Belmont finishes off the Middlesex League campaign with a home game against Watertown before taking part on the Mansfield Roundball Classic against Dighton-Rehoboth and #12 Mansfield or Natick.
Last week's rank (16). Scituate had a nice Patriot League week with wins over Hingham (72-60) and Silver Lake (80-61). This week the Sailors end with a game at home against North Quincy followed by a road game at South Hadley. Not sure how South Hadley game came about but go EMass.
#15-(15.80)-D3S-Cardinal Spellman (17-1)
Last week's rank (18). The Cardinals avenged their only defeat of the season with a win over Cathedral (69-59) before taking care of North Cambridge Catholic (93-54). This week it is two difficult road tilts; first at perennial Catholic Central rival Archbishop Williams and finishing with the Tri-Valley League's Medfield Warriors.
Last week's rank (14). The Panthers split their two games last week losing to #11 Mansfield (60-56) before turning it around versus Sharon (78-36). This week brings a Hockomock League season ending game against Oliver Ames before closing out the regular season at home against the #20 Catholic Memorial Knights. Franklin has been like a yo-yo in their last 10 decision (6-4) so they need to ramp it up for the tournament.
Last week's rank (NR). The Colonials jump back in to the Top 20 off Dual County League wins over Westford Academy (66-58) , Concord-Carlisle (75-48) and Lincoln-Sudbury (66-36). This week AB closes out the season with games at Newton South before commencing play in the Roach Brothers Tournament versus Somerville then either Framingham or Algonquin.
#18-(19.25)-D2N-North Andover (16-2)
Last week's rank (12). The Scarlet Knights started the week with a win over Wilmington (73-59) before losing their second game of the season (both to Andover) to Andover (56-41). This week it is a little home cooking with a Cape Ann League showdown with Masconomet before ending the regular season with the Hamilton-Wenham Generals.
Last week's rank (19). The Vikings went undefeated last week in NEC play with wins over Swampscott (63-52) and Danvers (68-39). This regular season closes this week with a home game versus Gloucester, a road match at Saugus and a make-up game against Malden.
#20-(23.00)-D1S-Catholic Memorial (12-5)
Last week's rank (NR). The Knights enter the Top 20 following wins over BC High (65-47) and LaSalle (RI) (65-47). Catholic Memorial ends the season with a string of tough games starting with #2 Brockton at home, followed by Newton South at home before finishing with a road tilt at #16 Franklin. Nasty.
Dropping out were Masconomet and Marshfield.
Here are the sources for the BCS type rankings from above.