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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Missouri Week 8 hoops rankings: McCluer North takes over top spot

By By Brandon Parker

After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

As weird as it may sound for a defending state champ, McCluer North has quietly moved back up to state's No. 1 spot. For whatever reason, some had written off the Stars after they fell to Borgia in November, but 16 straight wins later, the Stars appear to be peaking at the right time as they did during last year's title run.

Led by Jordon Granger's 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, the Stars have downed rival McCluer and Cardinal Ritter, which knocked off former No. 1 Vianney this past week. Cameron Biedscheid led the way with 26 points while the Lions also got a career-high 22 points from Charles Jones. The loss knocked Vianney out of the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. McCluer North (Florissant) 18-1 (2)
Defending Class 5 champs return to top spot with a 16-game win streak in hand. Big game against Hazelwood Central looms on Thursday.

2. Vianney (Kirkwood) 18-1 (1)
Golden Griffins fell for the first time this season in a 69-66 loss to Cardinal Ritter. Look to bounce back Wednesday against Clayton.

3. Nixa 19-1 (5)
Eagles keep on winning, and in a big way, topping their last five opponents by an average of 24 points.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Missouri hoops rankings.