ABV RANKINGS - 12-15-14

Normally ABV waits until after the Holiday Tournaments are complete to see who is hot and who is not. But ABV has seen enough and read enough to have a good grasp on the state of southern Illinois boy's basketball to make some projections. Since ABV produced the preseason projections, there have been some changes. Waterloo Gibault Catholic was suddenly pushed back up to 2A instead of 1A, so they are no longer on the small list. Some teams have surprised in the early going; some in a good way, others have disappointed. In any case, this is the new batch. The next rankings, and for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, will come out every two weeks instead of weekly.
The next change will be after the Holiday Tournaments.
See you at the gym.
Jack.
ABV Class 1A Rankings
1. DIETERICH (9-0)
Winning the Cumberland Tourney, the Maroons are unbeaten so far. Tough tests come soon.
2. WOODLAWN (4-3)
Much tougher early season games will have them ready late. Top-seed at S-V.
3. SESSER-VALIER (4-2)
Devils' picked up a signature win at Okawville. Second seed at their own tourney.
4. OKAWVILLE (5-2)
The Rockets have lost to two on this list. Coach Kraus will have them ready late when it counts.
5. MADISON (3-2)
The Trojans are another of the schools who play a 'who's who' of quality teams.
6. CAIRO (2-4)
The Pilots had to deal with tragedy to begin the season. They will be good late.
7. MERIDIAN (6-1)
Bobcats have tests coming at the EHT. New postseason assignment sends them North.
8. EDWARDS COUNTY (9-1)
Coach Gerlach has the Lions playing excellent basketball. Very physical club.
9. TRICO (5-1)
After a 5-0 start, the Rockets brought them back to earth. More work to do.
10. CASEY-WESTFIELD (1-3)
Injuries have taken their toll, the Warriors will be healthy soon.
Honorable Mention in Alphabetical Order
Altamont, Carrier Mills, Christopher, Christ Our Rock Lutheran, Cowden-Herrick, Crab Orchard, Edwardsville Metro-East Lutheran, Effingham St. Anthony, Gallatin County, Hardin County, New Athens, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, Odin, Patoka and Webber Township.
ABV Class 2A Rankings
1. NASHVILLE (5-1)
The Hornets had a rough night against 3A Columbia. They are still the favorites.
2. BREESE MATER DEI (2-4)
Knights,with the toughest schedule in 2A South, will struggle for 20-wins. But that won't matter.
3. TEUTOPOLIS (7-0)
The Wooden Shoes are off to a great start. Another of the Peoria contenders.
4. PIASA SOUTHWESTERN (8-0)
Unbeaten Birds won the MEL Thanksgiving Tournament. Young frontcourt has bright future.
5. BREESE CENTRAL (5-1)
The Cougars have just a loss on the road at T-Town. Are part of a tough regional.
6. WEST FRANKFORT (5-0)
Winning ugly games are better than losing them. The Red Birds have eyes on EHT crown.
7. CARTERVILLE (5-1)
The Lions have just one loss (to a Missouri school) and the schedule will get rough from now on.
8. PINCKNEYVILLE (5-2)
The Panthers lost to two unbeaten teams on the road. Tough tournament in two weeks.
9. MOUNT CARMEL (5-4)
The Aces had a 22-point lead on T-Town at the Capital Classic. Must learn to finish.
10. MARSHALL (5-2)
The Lions have some young talent. Guard play will key chase for another 20-win season.
Honorable Mention in alphabetical order.
Anna-Jonesboro, Benton, Carlyle, Carmi-White County, Fairfield, Flora, Greenville, Harrisburg, Hillsboro, Lawrenceville, Roxana, Sparta, Vienna, Waterloo Gibault Catholic and Wesclin.