RICHWOOD, Ohio -- With its road win over London last Tuesday and being the only Division III team with less than two losses, North Union is our new No. 1 this week, the first time the Wildcats have ever topped the polls in the five-year history of 270 Hoops.
North Union is a huge threat to win the Mad River division of the Central Buckeye Conference, as they're clicking on all cylinders and have a few legitimate prospects on the roster. North Union will have a big challenge on the road on Friday at Springfield Northwestern, the only team to take them to overtime this year. If the Warriors come out unscathed this week, the path will be clear to a potential unbeaten regular season.
Right behind North Union is a very tough Harvest Prep team that came a bucket away from an unbeaten week against quality competition in Bishop Rosecrans and Olentangy Liberty. While the Warriors took care of business against AP No. 1 (Division IV) Rosecrans, Harvest Prep came up just short in an upset bit at Liberty.
At No. 3 is a tough Worthington Christian team that has a statement week ahead with a road matchup at Johnstown on Monday and home challenge against Grandview Heights on Saturday. If the Warriors can go 2-0 this week, it'll mean big things for their confidence and belief going forward.
The rest of the top 10 is fairly unchanged outside of new additions to the rankings in No. 9 Elgin and No. 10 Amanda-Clearcreek. Africentric falls out of the top 10 for the first time in two seasons, as the Nubians have really struggled against what might be the most challenging schedule in Division III.
Let's take a look at our latest rankings in Division III.
|1||2||North Union||12-0||17||vs. Bellefontaine, @ Northwestern (2)|
|2||1||Harvest Prep||12-3||18||@ Grove City Christian, vs. Fairfield Christian|
|3||3||Worthington Christian||9-4||23||@ #6 Johnstown (3), vs. #2 (D4) Grandview Heights (3)|
|4||4||Bishop Ready||10-3||12||vs. KIPP Columbus, @ Hamilton Township (1)|
|5||9||Centerburg||11-2||13||@ Danville, @ Mount Gilead (1)|
|6||5||Johnstown||7-5||12||vs. #3 Worthington Christian (3), vs. Licking Valley (2), vs. Utica|
|7||6||Northmor||8-4||9||vs. Mount Gilead, @ East Knox (1)|
|8||8||Fredericktown||7-6||7||vs. East Knox (1), @ Highland|
|9||NR||Elgin||10-5||5||vs. West Jefferson (1), vs. Riverside|
|10||NR||Amanda-Clearcreek||8-5||10||vs. Bloom-Carroll (2), @ New Hope Christian, @ Hamilton Township (1)|
Trending Upward: North Union, Centerburg, Elgin
Steady: Harvest Prep, Worthington Christian, Bishop Ready, Johnstown, Fredericktown, Amanda-Clearcreek
Trending Downward: Northmor, Africentric
Remaining unbeaten teams: North Union (12-0)
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