Both CJ and Moeller have games before Saturday’s top-ranked showdown. CJ will host Thurgood Marshall (6-7) on Tuesday. CJ clinched an outright Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North title with a 58-54 win at Hamilton Badin last Friday.
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Moeller is at Cincinnati Winton Woods (10-6) in a non-league game on Tuesday and at Cincinnati LaSalle (10-6) in a Greater Catholic League South matchup on Friday.
This past Saturday, Moeller hammered visiting Springfield 74-42. The Crusaders have mounted a 35-game win streak over the last two seasons and last lost to an Ohio team in the 2017 D-I state final, 39-38 to Massillon Jackson.
CJ and Moeller haven’t played since Dec. 22, 2015, a 61-45 Crusaders home win. CJ made its most recent final four (D-III) appearance that season, losing 55-50 to eventual state runner-up Lima Central Catholic. Moeller has won four D-I state titles and advanced to seven final fours, all since 1999.
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CJ coach Joe Staley said the Eagles were last ranked No. 1 early in the 1993-94 season and for much of the 1988-89 season. The Eagles also were No. 2 for “several weeks” in the 2009-10 season.
The unbeaten Chaminade team in the 1969-70 season was ranked No. 1 in the state the entire season and defeated Rossford 69-47 to win the Class AA state title and complete a 27-0 run.
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Saturday’s varsity contest will be the last of a tripleheader. The freshmen will play at 3 p.m., followed by the JV at 4:30 p.m. The varsity game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff.
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