Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 2/10/12

Cincinnati Taft will put its 27-game Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference winning streak on the line tonight when it meets rival Cincinnati Withrow. Here are five essentials to know for tonight's game at Withrow:

1.)Cincinnati Taft has won 43 of its last 45 CMAC contests and with a win tonight it will clinch its fourth-straight conference title dating back to 2009. Ironically, Withrow was the last CMAC team to win the conference in 2008 behind Yancy Gates. Aiken was the last conference team to beat the Senators and that took place all the way back on January 22, 2010 (59-51). Woodward, in December of 2008, was the only other CMAC team to beat the Senators over the last four years. Taft has won seven-straight over its rival, Withrow. The Senators are yet to lose a game to an Ohio opponent this season. The last Buckeye state team to beat Taft was Columbus Bishop Ready in the 2010 regional final.

2.)The Senators are (13-4) on the year riding a 10-game winning streak. Taft started the year 3-0 before making a trip to Florida for the prestigious City of Palms Tournament. The defending Division III state champions suffered close defeats to nationally-ranked Grace Prep (TX), Lake Wales (FL), and Trinity (KY) before heading back to Ohio to meet up with nationally-ranked Huntington Prep (WV) at the Ironton Classic. Taft played four games in less than a week from Florida to Ironton, and fell short in all of those games. Since then, it has been nothing but punishment for its opponents. The Green and Gold are winning CMAC games by more than 24 points per contest and no game has been closer than 10 points. Taft holds significant wins over Aiken (twice), Western Hills (twice), Winton Woods, Akron SVSM, and just recently over previously unbeaten Cincinnati Summit Country Day.

3.)Withrow is currently (12-5) and 10-1 in conference play - just a single game behind tonight's opponent. The Tigers were 7-0 in December, but January brought about a change. Withrow was just 3-5 in January as the competition increased falling to Westerville North at the Play-by-Play Classic, Taft, Arlington Country Day (FL) and Morgantown (WV) at the Moutaineer Showcase, and Dayton Thurgood Marshall. Withrow's top wins are Aiken (twice), Western Hills (twice), and a 3-0 showing at the Motor City Round Ball Classic in Michigan.

4.)Taft is led by 6-4 senior Adolphus Washington, who is an Ohio State football signee. Washington is arguably the most dominant high school basketball player in Ohio with his brute strength and superior post game De-De is averaging just over 20 points and just under 15 rebounds a game. Washington has been most dominant in the schedule's biggest games. He had 16 points and 14 rebounds in Taft's 57-43 win over Withrow in mid-January. 5-8 senior Orlando Berry follows at 13.4 points, a team-high eight assists, and just under five rebounds a game. 6-3 senior sharp-shooter, Jalean Lowe, is netting 13.3 points per contest. 6-5 senior Dwayne Stanford is averaging 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds along with providing several highlight dunks. Stanford is signed to play football at the University of Oregon. Fellow classmate Jermaine Freeman (6'0) checks in at 6.5 points along with providing superior toughness and the ability to come up with winning plays. Seniors Rasaan Jackson (5'11) and Fred Canady (6'1) provide big-time energy off the bench and the two combine to average around 11 points per game.

5.)Withrow, who is as talented as almost any team in Ohio, is led by 6-8 junior Devin Williams and his 17 points and nearly 11 rebounds a game. Williams is being heavily recruited by Xavier, West Virginia, and Southern California along with interest from Iowa, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Louisville, Illinois, UCLA and Marquette according to Cincy Prep Hoops Report's Corey Albertson. Williams had 12 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting of the two teams. 6-1 junior Tim Coleman is scoring just under 10 points per game after missing five games in January where Withrow went just 2-3. 6-4 senior Tyler Jordan is netting nearly nine points and five rebounds an encounter and scored 15 in the initial meeting with Taft. 6-1 junior Corey Wise and 5-10 senior Damon Gooch are each averaging 6.8 points per contest. Wise is a tranfer from Hamilton High School. 6-0 sophomore Tyonte Robertson is another scoring option, who tallies 5.3 points after transferring over from Aiken. Robertson is regarded as one of the better 2014 guards in Ohio. 6-4 senior Erron Nichols, 6-10 senior Rozelle Rix, and 6-2 senior Kendall Beamon are also viable options for the Tigers.

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