(Last week's rankings in parentheses)
1. Munster (1) 20-0
The Mustangs are now No. 1 in three polls -- this one, the IBCA and the AP. This one was first. The No. 1 will be on the line tonight when the 'Stangs travel to Andrean for what will be a sold-out affair. Get there early.
2. Merrillville (2) 15-2
The Pirates are hoping to do what only one other team has done, finish the Duneland Athletic Conference undefeated during the double round-robin era, which will end this season. Tonight's game at Valparaiso will decide the DAC title.
3. Valparaiso (3) 15-3
The Vikings are rolling. They can stay in the DAC race and make a strong statement about the sectional tonight with Merrillville on its court. Only the Pirates have cracked 60 points on Valpo. Can it win the battle of tempos?
4. Andrean (4) 15-2
After a bit of a scare against West Side on Tuesday, the 59ers' student section started chanting, "We want Munster." They will get them tonight in the Northwest Crossroads Conference championship game. The Broadway crackerbox will be packed.
5. Bowman Academy (NR) 10-8
The Eagles have won 8-of-9 playing one of the state's toughest schedules. Will host Indianapolis Howe tonight and then a drive to E.C. on Tuesday. Didn't play great against Morton.
6. Hanover Central (7) 13-6
Seven straight for the 'Cats. Meow. A tough trip to Kouts tonight will decide the Porter County Conference title. This one should be good. H.C. won by four in the PCC tourney championship game. This one, though, will be on a good team's home floor.
7. Lake Central (5) 11-7
Losers of 2-of-3, the Indians have a tough road trip to Michigan City tonight. The Wolves likely remember a 64-63 loss in St. John where they didn't agree with the whistles. If ever the time was right, it's now for L.C.
8. Bishop Noll (8) 17-2
Was the Gavit win something to be scared about or not? A one-point win against a .500 team might mean something. The Warriors finish off against E.C. tonight and Andrean next Friday. It's time to raise the bar. Real high.
9. Marquette (9) 13-5
As long as the Blazers can avoid Catholic schools, they're fine. They're 0-4 against them after 3A South Bend St. Joseph roughed them up. Can you say ironic? Another couple of long roadies this weekend to Calumet and Knox.
10. West Side (10) 9-7
Give Murray Richards and his team some credit. Against 4A No. 1 Munster and 3A No. 3 Andrean they were down three, on the road, inside 1:30 left in the game. Knocking on the door is one thing. Kicking it down is another.
On the bubble: Chesterton (9-8), E.C. Central (8-9), Gary 21st Century (8-7), Gavit (9-9), Griffith (9-9), Hammond (10-7), Kouts (16-2), Lake Station (9-8), Lew Wallace (10-7), Morton (9-10), Wheeler (11-7).