The two-time defending champs have plenty of depth to add a third. The Royals enjoy playing with a target on their backs, so No. 1 is theirs until somebody beats them.
Primed to upset some teams with its entire roster back from last season. Experience won't be a problem here.
3. BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY
Already tested, having played three 2012 state champions to open the season. Has enough skill players to make title run.
Young, but impressive, led by its Class 4A all-tournament team sophomore Madison Guebert.
Last year's Class 4A runner-up has a pair of Division I-bound starters leading the way.
6. ST. PAUL CENTRAL
Coming off 20-win season and off to a hot start with upperclassmen leadership.
7. LAKEVILLE NORTH
Will be strong as always, but will need to be better than that to climb to the top.
8. PROVIDENCE ACADEMY
The Class 2A champion already has defeated Bloomington Kennedy this season and is eager to defend its title.
Going for a three-peat and has reloaded with enough talent to do so.
Likely will pull off some upsets in the loaded Lake Conference, led by quality point guard Joanna Hedstrom.