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CSN's Top 20 rankings: Playoffs 2nd round

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CSN's Top 20 rankings: Playoffs 2nd round

1 Maine South (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 1): Defeated Lane Tech 42-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Conant
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Matt Alviti found Daly Guzaldo (twice), George Sanjenko, John Solari and Zach Hinkamp on touchdown receptions as the Hawks advance. Alviti: 24-35 with 328 yards.

2 Glenbard West (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 2): Defeated Elk Grove 49-21
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Libertyville
PrepsTalk: The Hilltoppers put the clamps on the Grenadiers in the second half, intercepting quarterback Adam OMalley twice. GBWs Henry Haeffner threw two touchdown passes.

3 Lincoln-Way East (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 3): Defeated Plainfield Central 47-22
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Providence
PrepsTalk: Moe Almasri ran the opening kickoff 81 yards to the house and the Griffins cruised from there. The most anticipated second round matchup (arguably) will be in Frankfort this week.

4 Loyola (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 4): Defeated Evanston 41-0
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Bartlett
PrepsTalk: Loyola has played Evanston four times since 2010, including two playoff tilts. Loyola has outscored them 151-0. QB Peter Pujals: four touchdowns (three rushing) this time around.

5 Marian Central Catholic (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 5): Defeated Wauconda 42-10
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Woodstock North
PrepsTalk: The Hurricanes scored 30 unanswered points to pull away from the pesky Bulldogs. Quarterback Chris Streveler accounted for 376 total yards (193 passing).

6 Mount Carmel (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 6): Defeated Brother Rice 30-9
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Simeon
PrepsTalk: The Caravan shook off a 9-7 deficit and pulled away in the second half. Quarterback Don Butkus hooked up with Jasson Gasser on two touchdown strikes (24, 58).

7 Crete-Monee (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 7): Defeated Springfield 41-7
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Richwoods
PrepsTalk: Lance Lenoir and Laquon Treadwell had two touchdowns apiece as the Warriors now prepare to face the same team that defeated them in last years second round.

8 Kaneland (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 8): Defeated Belvidere 48-0
Next Game: 5A Playoffs vs. Lincoln-Way West
PrepsTalk: Dylan Nauert picked off three passes and Jesse Balluff ran for two touchdowns (41, 1). QB Drew David racked up two more touchdowns, one a 56-yard hook-up with Kyle Pollastrini.

9 Palatine (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 10): Defeated Niles West 69-42
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Schaumburg
PrepsTalk: Who needs defense when you have a quarterback like Ethan Olles -- 22-34, 306 yards, five total touchdowns (three passing). FYI, Palatine beat Schaumburg 51-18 on October 19th.

10 Neuqua Valley (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 11): Defeated Naperville North 56-20
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Bolingbrook
PrepsTalk: The Wildcats outscored the Huskies 35-0 in the second half. And it was another huge game for running back Joey Rhattigan: 218 yards and four trips to the end zone.

11 Cary-Grove (10-0)
Last Week (Ranked 12): Defeated Rockford Auburn 41-7
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. St. Patrick
PrepsTalk: Kyle Norberg rushed for four touchdowns and Ryan Mahoney added two more scores. One of Mahoneys tallies came off a 90-yard kickoff return.

12 Waubonsie Valley (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 13): Defeated Proviso West 38-6
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Oak Park-River Forest
PrepsTalk: Quarterback Dylan Warden accounted for three touchdowns, two on runs. Running back Austin Guido had 157 yards on 33 carries and a score. LB Austin Lacke had a 32-yard pick-six.

13 Glenbard North (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 14): Defeated Fremd 31-24
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Stevenson
PrepsTalk: The Panthers ignored all of the distractions of playing on the road in the opening round. Justin Jackson was the star again: 8 carries, 163 yards and three touchdowns (two rushing).

14 Wheaton North (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 15): Defeated St. Charles East 41-13
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Prospect
PrepsTalk: The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first six drives. Quarterback John Peltz had four touchdowns (three passing). Running back Patrick Sharp also found the end zone twice.

15 Bolingbrook (8-2)
Last Week (Ranked 16): Defeated Sandburg 39-7
Next Game: 8A Playoffs vs. Neuqua Valley
PrepsTalk: The Raiders get it done again without QB Aaron Bailey. Quincy Woods had three touchdowns. Both the Providence-LWE and Brook-Neuqua matchups are star-studded main attractions.

16 Benet (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 17): Defeated Andrew 24-10
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Oswego
PrepsTalk: The Redwings secured their first playoff win since 2006. Sophomore quarterback Jack Beneventis 21-yard touchdown pass to Nick Surges with five minutes left was the dagger.

17 Lemont (9-1)
Last Week (Ranked 19): Defeated Morgan Park 45-0
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Richards
PrepsTalk: Another game, another shutout for Lemont (their sixth on the year). Matt Luzzo had an interception and two fumble recoveries. It sets up a nice South Suburban Conference crossover.

18 Providence (8-2)
Last Week (Ranked 20): Defeated Bradley-Bourbonnais 44-7
Next Game: 7A Playoffs vs. Lincoln-Way East
PrepsTalk: It was a total team effort for the Celtics - Brandon Price rushed for three touchdowns, David Kaminski added two more and the defense forced four turnovers.

19 Lakes (9-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated St. Viator 35-21
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Lake Forest
PrepsTalk: Solid game for running back Direll Clark 35 carries, 250 yards and three touchdowns. And now its on to face the Scouts, who gave them their only loss back on September 7th.

20 Richards (9-1)
Last Week (Not Ranked): Defeated Lincoln-Way North 36-14
Next Game: 6A Playoffs vs. Lemont
PrepsTalk: Safety Dylan Jiles came through for the Bulldogs. He intercepted three passes and running back Tommy Mister (20 carries, 193 yards, three touchdowns) did the rest.

Looming and Lurking: Morris, Simeon, Thornton, Oswego, Montini, Aurora Christian, Oak Forest, Batavia, Lyons, Marist, Grant, Brooks, Schaumburg, Lake Zurich, Evergreen Park.

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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.