Coming off winning the Rio Hondo Tournament last weekend, the Irvine Valley men's basketball team is ranked sixth in this week's state poll.
The Lasers, who have a record of 10-2, are also ranked third in Southern California.
They trail only Citrus, San Francisco, Antelope Valley, Diablo Valley and Fresno in the state poll.
Citrus, which is the defending state champion, has a record of 11-0. IVC defeated Santa Monica, which is ranked 16th in the state to win the Rio Hondo tourney last Saturday.
Irvine Valley is the only team from the Orange Empire Conference ranked in the state and only one of two from the OEC in Southern California.
Saddleback is 12th in the So. Cal. poll. Irvine Valley plays in Saddleback's tournament starting on Thursday.
The Lasers open up against El Camino, which is ranked 14th in the state and seventh in Southern California.
Saddleback Tournament bracket