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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 Simeon (2-0)

Results: Defeated Hillcrest Saturday 69-51 and Notre Dame 73-53 on Sunday. Jabari Parker had 26 points in the victory over Hillcrest and 22 against Notre Dame.

This Week: Friday vs. No. 13 Farragut.

2 Warren (5-0)

Results: Darius Pauls 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists helped the Blue Devils take down 16th-ranked New Trier on Saturday, 64-46.

This Week: Tuesday at Stevenson; Friday at Mundelein

3 Whitney Young (1-0)
Results: Defeated Kinston High School (NC) 82-61 Friday. Tommy Hamilton has a torn patella tendon and will miss six weeks. How will that impact the Dolphins?

This Week: No games scheduled. Next game 1214 vs. Orr.

4 Proviso East (5-0)

Results: Defeated Raby 79-53 in Springfield Saturday. The Pirates got 13 points and five assists from Keith Carter in the victory.
This Week: Friday vs. Addison Trail

5 Curie (1-0)

Results: The Condors got a scare from Bowman (IN) HS, but survived in an 81-71 overtime thriller Saturday. Devin Foster led all scorers with 30.

This Week: Tuesday vs. Uplift; Saturday vs. Champaign-Centennial (Shootout At The HallChampaign)

6 Downers Grove South (5-1)

Results: Defeated Hinsdale South 58-46 Friday and Oak Park-River Forest 54-44 Saturday.

This Week: Jerron Wilbut, who did not play in the OPRF victory (coaches decision), should be back for Fridays contest at Morton

7 Bogan (4-0)

Results: No games played.

This Week: No games scheduled. Next game 1214 vs. Chicago Vocational.

8 St. Rita (2-0)

Results: Defeated Lake Forest Academy Tuesday 79-61 and De La Salle 66-64 (OT) Friday. Tony Hicks was unstoppable in a huge win against the Meteors.

This Week: Tuesday vs. Marist; Friday at Gonzaga DC Classic

9 Homewood-Flossmoor (4-1)

Results: Defeated Joliet West 60-53 Friday and No. 15 Morgan Park 57-47 Saturday. Maurius Hill, Tyrone Sherman and Delvon Rencher pace the Vikings.

This Week: Friday at Lockport

10 De La Salle (4-1)

Results: Lost to No. 8 St. Rita 66-64 (OT) Friday. Alvin Ellis tallied a double-double (24 points, 12 rebounds), but could not outlast St. Rita. Tough schedule awaits.

This Week: Tuesday vs. No. 13 Farragut; Friday at No. 12 St. Joseph

11 Crete-Monee (3-1)

Results: Defeated Tinley Park 67-45 Saturday. Michael Orris (19 points) and Laquon Treadwell (14 points, 10 rebounds) guide the Warrior attack.

This Week: Friday vs. Rich East, Saturday vs. Notre Dame (Shootout At The HallChampaign)

12 St. Joseph (3-2)

Results: Defeated Hales 59-42 Wednesday. A.J. Patty and Reggie Johnson contained Hales. Can they do the same against De La Salle?

This Week: Friday vs. No. 10 De La Salle

13 Farragut (2-1)

Results: Lost To Harlan 74-72 Saturday, defeated Thornton 71-45 Sunday. No rest for the Admirals as a top 10 team awaits.

This Week: Tuesday at No. 10 De La Salle; Friday vs. No. 1 Simeon

14 Crane (1-0)

Results: Defeated St. Charles North 52-45 Saturday. Willie Conner tallied 28 points and nine rebounds as the Cougars get their first win of the year.

This Week: Tuesday at Seton Academy, Saturday at Peoria HS (River City Shootout)

15 Morgan Park (1-1)

Results: Lost to No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 57-47 Saturday. Billy Garrett scored a game-high 18, but it was not enough to corral the Vikings.

This Week: Saturday at Soldan International (St. Louis, MO)

16 New Trier (5-1)

Results: Defeated Deerfield 46-31 Tuesday, lost to No. 2 Warren 64-46 Saturday. Dartmouth-bound Connor Boehm scored 10 points in the loss to the Blue Devils.

This Week: Tuesday vs. Niles West, Thursday vs. Glenbrook South

17 Andrew (4-0)

Results: Defeated Thornton 58-56 Friday. Jawad Adekoya netted 18 points in a nice road win for the Thunderbolts.

This Week: Friday vs. Stagg

18 Bloom (5-0)

Results: Defeated Plainfield North 62-44 Saturday. The Blazing Trojans outrebounded the Tigers 38-14.

This Week: Tuesday at Thornwood, Friday vs. Rich Central

19 Evanston (7-0)

Results: Defeated Maine East 77-65 Tuesday and Maine South 36-35 Saturday.

This Week: Friday vs. Waukegan, Saturday at Loyola

20 Morton (4-0)

Results: Defeated Willowbrook 68-38. Rocco Belcaster and Walter Perez help the Mustangs get off to a 4-0 start.

This Week: Friday vs. No. 6 Downers Grove South

Looming and Lurking: Oak Park-River Forest, Hyde Park, Oswego, Waukegan, St. Charles North, Notre Dame, Riverside-Brookfield, Seton, North Chicago, Metea Valley

Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

Is there any better way to break in your new Black Friday television than Bulls-Warriors tonight? We think not. Coverage starts at 9 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, and the game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports app

Here are three things to keep your eye on: 

1. Not the score. Let's be honest: the Bulls probably won't sneak out a win at the Oracle. In fact, ESPN's matchup predictor only gives Fred Hoiberg's young squad a 2.9 percent chance to come up victorious. UIC has three times better odds against juggernaut Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Sunday, in case you needed some context.  

With the talent gap in mind, though, it will be important for the Bulls to come out with high energy. The Warriors will likely take the contest lightly in the first half, so starting off strong reflects well on the coaching staff and starters. Stay within 10 points by the half, and that's considered a massive triumph. 

2. Lauri Markkanen vs. Draymond Green? Assuming the Dubs start out with Green on Markkanen, this will be rookie's biggest test of the season. Green is an elite defender, capable of wrecking gameplans from the tip. He's physical, quick and athletic. 

Markkanen is coming off two duds on the West Coast trip, but his aggressiveness hasn't wavered. It'll be important for him to continue to attack even with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounding him. 

3. Steph, KD and Klay doin' work. The Bulls offense hasn't exactly been a thing of beauty through the first 16 games. Their offensive rating is a brutal 94.4, ranked last in the NBA. Golden State, on the other hand, sits at the top with a rating of 113.1. 

Take some time to admire the skills of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson because when it comes to working cohesively on offense, they've set the gold standard. 

What Chicago sports fans should be thankful for

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What Chicago sports fans should be thankful for

Families gather and people talk about things they are thankful for on Thanksgiving, but what are Chicago sports fans happy for now?

Raised expectations on the North Side

Got to be thankful that a “disappointing” season is winning the division and losing in the NLCS. The expectations have skyrocketed, and that’s thanks to a ridiculous nucleus of bats and a steady front office. Not many clubs can say that. Also, though, it’s important to be appreciative of the Wrigley bar stretch. They may charge $8 for a Miller Lite, but it’s always a damn good party.

Javy tags, too. Don't forget Javy tags.

Rebuild sparking hope in White Sox fans

Where to begin? Obviously, be thankful for the plethora of young talent that will soon take over the South Side. Be thankful for Avi Time (while you still can). Be thankful that taking your friends or family to a game won’t cause you to take out a second mortgage. Be thankful for the 2020 World Series and, of course, 2020 MVP Eloy Jimenez. But most importantly, be thankful that Rick Hahn’s phone stays buzzing.

Eddie O back in the booth for the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are having a rough start to the season, but at least Eddie Olczyk is back in the booth. The longtime Blackhawks broadcaster returned to the booth on Oct. 18 after missing time while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer.

With some of the key names from the Blackhawks’ title runs either leaving or being unable to play this season (in the case of Marian Hossa), Blackhawks fans are probably thankful to see a familiar face and hear a familiar voice during games.

Lauri Markkanen leading the Bulls rebuild

OK, there’s not much to be thankful for about the current Bulls team. At 3-13, the Bulls are tied for the fewest wins in the NBA (maybe in the long-term that’s something to be thankful for as well). However, Zach LaVine’s pending debut after his eventual return from injury should help create some excitement.

The thing Bulls fans really should be thankful for this year is the play of rookie Lauri Markkanen. The 20-year-old leads the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounds (8.3 per game) while shooting at a high percentage (34.2 percent on threes and 50.6 percent on twos). It’s only the beginning of the Bulls’ rebuild, but Markkanen is a good start.

Mitchapalooza

If a few things broke the Bears’ way, Chicagoans could have been grateful that the team was finally out of the cellar. Instead, we’ll settle for the fact that there seems to be some building blocks already in place. Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen, Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks seem to fit that category. Also, some may be thankful that this is likely John Fox’s last season at the helm.

Fire ending a playoff drought

After finishing dead last in MLS in 2015 and 2016, the Fire were one of the most improved teams in the league in 2017. After posting the third best record in the league, the Fire made a first playoff appearance since 2012.

The playoff run didn’t last long with the Fire losing a play-in game at home, but the arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger and the league’s leading goal-scorer, Nemanja Nikolic, helped fill the stadium with six sellouts and gave Fire fans something to cheer for.