Nine of the last 15 Class 6A boys basketball state championship trophies are sitting in trophy cases at Midwest City, Putnam City or Edmond Memorial.
And unless one of the other 29 teams in 6A can pull of something pretty special, it looks like that trio will make it 10-for-16.
The 6A postseason, which begins Friday night at eight regional host sites across the state, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent years. Some real March Madness, with nearly half of the teams in the field appearing to have the capability of making a run to the state tournament.
But there also seems to be a fairly clear division between the top three teams and the rest of the field.
Ranked No. 1 in the current coaches' poll, Midwest City has a full body of work to be considered the favorite, despite a significant lack of height and a recent loss to Edmond Memorial — the Bombers' first of the season.
The Bombers have gained national attention, reaching No. 13 in the USA Today rankings last week, and they play a suffocating, physical style of defense that makes other coaches envious. The starting lineup generally includes one player taller than 6-foot-1, but they're athletic enough to negate any size disadvantage.
And they've done it all without a Division I player in the bunch, instead making it work with an intensely competitive group of players fully committed to winning — and a ton of depth.
Edmond Memorial, the preseason No. 1 and current No. 2, has the pedigree with two Division I signees — point guard Jordan Woodard (Oklahoma) and power forward Shaquille Morris (Wichita State) — balancing a strong inside-outside attack.
Though Woodard missed a significant portion of the season with a severe hamstring injury, he appears to be full strength, at least based on his 22 points in last week's win over Midwest City. Both losses came with Woodard injured, and during his absence, other players were asked to play more important roles, which improved the Bulldogs' overall depth.
At No. 3 in the rankings, Putnam City is busy being Putnam City. The Pirates have the longest winning streak of the trio, dating back to its sole defeat on Jan. 11. And as it usually is with A.D. Burtschi-coached teams, their success is based on a couple of dangerous scorers and a group of talented, experienced role players. PC might be the only team in the state that can challenge Midwest City's depth.
But while the Pirates have played an incredibly tough schedule, we've yet to see them against Midwest City or Memorial, two teams that split their regular-season series.
So the challenge is clear for the other 29 teams in Class 6A.
Apologies for the 1990s movie reference, but unless there's a Keyser Soze waiting to reveal himself, this year's gold ball looks to be going to one of the usual suspects.