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Findlay Prep (Nev.) moves into top 5 in Super 25 Computer rankings

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Matt Coleman and Oak Hil come in at No. 3 in the Super 25 computer rankings (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports)

Coming off victories at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Texas, Findlay Prep (Nev.) has moved up to No. 4 in the first Super 25 Computer rankings of the regular season in boys basketball.

Findlay Prep, which beat Westlake (Austin, Texas) in overtime and North Crowley at the event, had been No. 13 in the preseason.

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The top three spots remain the same from the preseason: No. 1 Chino Hills (Calif.), No. 2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) and No. 3 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.).

Saint Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) rounds out the top 5.

Super 25 Computer rankings are provided by Ken Massey. The ratings are designed to reward teams for their performance, and objectively quantify those performances. Strength of schedule is built into the model. The model also corrects for home field advantage. Teams lose less for a loss on the road and gain more for a win on the road. Margin of victory also is factored in. Because some of the data is based on past performances, the computer will be more accurate as the season progresses.

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) is No. 6, followed by Chaminade (St. Louis), Apple Valley (Minn.), Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) and Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.).

Overland (Aurora, Colo.) starts the second 10, followed by Mater Dei  (Santa Ana, Calif.), La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), Foothills Christian (El Cajon, Calif.) and Global Learning Village (Houston).

Stevens Point (Wis.) checks in at No. 16, with Garfield (Seattle), Omaha South (Neb.), St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) and Centennial (Corona, Calif.) rounding out the top 20.

The final five spots belong to St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.), Phoenix Shadow Mountain, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah), DeSoto (Texas) and Detroit Jesuit.

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