URBANDALE, Iowa -- The second-to-last National Prep Basketball Poll of the season features three teams that jumped into the rankings after winning a state championship over the weekend.
The highest debut belonged to No. 13 Jackson (Massillon), which surprised many by winning its first Ohio Division I title. The Polar Bears beat then-No. 13 Lincoln (Gahanna), 62-50, in the semifinals then mauled Moeller (Cincinnati), 57-34, in the championship game to finish the season 25-2.
Northland (Columbus), which was No. 1 in the nation for 12 consecutive weeks before losing to Lincoln in the region finals, remained in the national rankings at No. 20. The Vikings went 2-0 against Top 10 teams this season.
No. 22 Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) returned to the national poll, where it resided for five weeks earlier this season. The Colonials avenged their only in-state loss with a 58-51 defeat of then-No. 22 Penn Wood (Lansdowne) in the 4A championship game.
North Central (Indianapolis) is in the rankings for the first time this year after winning its first state title since 1999. The No. 23 Panthers were impressive in a 95-74 defeat of Warsaw in the 4A championship.