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Division III Power Rankings

By Zach Fleer, 01/18/23, 12:30PM EST


A look at the latest power rankings in Division III

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Another basketball heavy weekend is behind us, as we move into the second half of January. Let's take a look at the latest power rankings in Division III. We are offering this article for free this week. Next week, it will return as an All-Access Pass article only. Consider subscribing for just $5 a month, or 16 cents per day.

1. Africentric (12-3)
Last Week: No. 1 | 88 strength of record points | W vs. Briggs (7), @ Walnut Ridge (10), @ #1 (D1) Pickerington Central (18)

The Nubians are unbeaten against non-D1 competition in the area this season and are still our No. 1 until someone beats them. They get two back to back tough road tests on the southeast side of town this weekend, taking on Walnut Ridge and top-ranked Pickerington Central in back to back nights. A win over Central would send shockwaves through the area.

2. Worthington Christian (13-2)
Last Week: No. 2 | 85 strength of record points | W @ #9 Grandview Heights (8), vs. #9 (D2) Buckeye Valley (7)

One of the hottest teams in the area, Worthington Christian just keeps on winning. The Warriors avenged their only MSL loss of the year on Tuesday at Grandview Heights and now find themselves alone atop the division with Columbus Academy's loss to Bexley. 

3. Northridge (10-3)
Last Week: No. 4 | 51 strength of record points | W @ Licking Valley (6), @ Newark Catholic (3)

The Vikings are having their best season in the 270 era and are a legitimate contender in Division III. They played Bishop Ready better than any other team has for about 75 percent of that game until the Silver Knights took over. Having good guards and bigs helps, and Northridge has that.

4. Columbus Academy (11-2)
Last Week: No. 3 | 66 strength of record points | L @ #5 (D2) Bexley (9), @ #9 Grandview Heights (8)

Academy suffered its first regulation loss of the year at Bexley on Tuesday. The Vikings' road this week gets no easier as they take on Grandview Heights on the road this Saturday. A win over the Bobcats is must needed in order to stay in the hunt for an MSL title. 

5. Harvest Prep (10-5)
Last Week: No. 5 | 33 strength of record points | W vs. #4 (D4) Fairfield Christian (4), vs. Northland (9)

Harvest Prep has won four-straight and is rolling with good momentum. The Warriors can pick up a high quality Division I win over Northland on Saturday, which will really bolster their resume, since their league schedule is against primarily Division IV competition, to no fault of their own.

6. Kipp Columbus (9-3)
Last Week: No. 7 | 45 strength of record points | W @ Elgin (7), @ Watkins Memorial (8)

Kipp went on the road to Marion and knocked off a tough Elgin team in convincing fashion, which could be a sign of things to come for the tournament. The Jaguars have an experienced team that has come up together, as we expect them to keep winning. A great litmus test against Watkins Memorial is on tap to end the week, as the Warriors defeated Utica on Tuesday.

7. Utica (9-4)
Last Week: No. 6 | 42 strength of record points | L @ Watkins Memorial (8), vs. #8 Heath (7)

One of two ranked LCL teams to suffer defeat on the road Tuesday, Utica fell at Division I Watkins Memorial by 11 points. The Redskins have one of D3's best players in Trenton Collins, however, they'll need widespread production to take down Heath to end the week.

8. Heath (9-4)
Last Week: No. 8 | 51 strength of record points | L @ Zanesville (6), @ #7 Utica (8)

Heath suffered an unlikely loss to Zanesville on Tuesday, and will need to play better when they hit the road again to take on Utica. With both Heath and Utica looking for wins after Tuesday losses, that game will be must-win for both squads which could lead to a great matchup.

9. Grandview Heights (9-5)
Last Week: No. 9 | 46 strength of record points | L vs. #2 Worthington Christian (8), vs. #4 Columbus Academy (8)

The first of two home matchups against top five teams did not go as planned for Grandview Heights, who fell to Worthington Christian on Tuesday. The Bobcats can get back on the right track if they defeat Columbus Academy, who also suffered defeat on Tuesday.

10. International (7-6)
Last Week: No. 10 | 43 strength of record points | L vs. Linden-McKinley (7), vs. Cristo Rey (1), @ Northland (8)

The best City League win streak in history was snapped on Tuesday, as International suffered defeat in division for the first time in over a month. The Lions can bounce back in a major way if they are to defeat Northland on Friday. International has a handful of statement games on deck, as they can really pad their postseason resume if they can defeat more quality competition. 

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