These are the final rankings of the 2017-18 season. The postseason will separate the “men from the boys” in the next three weeks.
For fans out there looking at the state tournament coming up, don't look at lower seeds beating higher seeds as a big surprise. ABV never looks at these results as major upsets because most of the sub-sectionals end up seeded wrong to begin with.
I'll spare you the examples but there were several this year.
Best of luck to all of the teams in the next few weeks of play.
March Madness is nearly here.
See you at the gym.
1. CAIRO (19-5)
After a week off, they are @ Woodlawn on Friday night and Lovejoy @ home Saturday. Travel to Gallatin County for the regional as the top-seed in the sub-sectional.
The Bobcats are @ Egyptian on Friday and they they host the regional. The schedule has them ready for a postseason run which starts at home. 10-0 vs. 1A teams.
3. OKAWVILLE (18-8)
They close @ Breese Central before hosting the 1A regional. Getting to the White Hall-North Greene sectional is just one of the goals. Peoria is always in play for the Rockets.
4. DIETERICH (19-6)
The Maroons are much better than their record, with a big win over St. Anthony on the resume. They are a serious postseason player.
5. NOKOMIS (19-7)
The Redskins are worthy of this spot. They are unbeaten against 1A schools (9-0). This coach has won 13 regionals and five sectionals. A real Peoria threat.
The Raiders have an impressive list of wins and the losses are to mostly larger schools. Hosting the 1A sectional is a big plus.
7. WOODLAWN (19-7)
The Cardinals beat 1A Metro-East Lutheran on Friday. Playing their best basketball of the season, don't be surprised if they end up at SIU.
8. SESSER-VALIER (17-10)
The Red Devils clinched their conference championship last week. Home games against Christopher and Chester could produce unbeaten BDC run.
The Bearcats need to get ready. Tough game @ Sesser-Valier and home against Zeigler-Royalton close out an "up and down" season.
10. GOREVILLE (16-10)
This is a team that could make some noise. The tough schedule makes the won-loss mark not so pretty. But a new season begins in a week. Time for the Blackcats to take it up a notch.
Altamont, Thompsonville, Cobden, Steeleville, Webber Township, Wayne City, Odin, Neoga, Hardin County, St. Elmo-Brownstown, Gallatin County, Elverado, Crab Orchard, Windsor-Stewardson-Strasburg, Mulberry Grove, Bethany Okaw Valley and Tamms Egyptian.

The Panthers clinched the SIRR Mississippi title with a pair of wins. This club needs to remember this is where they were last season, before losing in the sectional.
They will try and accomplish a feat no other boy's team has. Win back-to-back basketball titles in two different classes. At the top of the 2A bracket, the Bulldogs will wear white the entire tourney.
3. ELDORADO (25-1)
The Eagles survived another scare with CWC. They have a lot of work to do if they are going to reach the finals for the first time since Mike Duff was a senior. (1977).
4. MT. CARMEL (15-11)
They have the “Ace” back and are primed for a run back to Peoria. The strength of the schedule favors them next week. Another team that will surprise few if they are at SIU.
5. HARRISBURG (20-6)
Life in the SIRR is tough sometimes. The Bulldogs have time to get ready for a postseason run. A top-shelf backcourt duo doesn't hurt matters.
The four loses are to 3A Salem (2), 3A Benton and St. Louis (MO.) Confluence. The Warriors host the 2A sectional and are a threat to get to SIU.
7. NASHVILLE (20-7)
The Hornets lost a close one on the road @ Pinckneyville on Saturday. This is exactly the spot they were in last year, when they made a run to the sectional final.
8. TEUTOPOLIS (17-8)
The Wooden Shoes got hammered by 4A Danville at home Saturday night. A showdown looms against Casey-Westfield next week in the regional.
The Warriors have a big bragging rights game against St. Anthony @ home on Friday night. C-W was the last team to beat the Bulldogs last season.
The Wildcats put a scare into the top-ranked Panthers at home before beating Du Quoin on the road in overtime. This teams shouldn't be counted out next week.
Du Quoin, Shelbyville, Carmi-White County, Greenville, Staunton, Hillsboro, Piasa Southwestern, Vandalia, Marshall, Newton, Robinson, Flora, Chester, Carlyle, Fairfield, Bridgeport Red Hill, Red Bud, West Frankfort and Sparta.