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Class 3A-4A IHSA boys basketball championships on CSN+

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Class 3A-4A IHSA boys basketball championships on CSN+

CSN Chicago will be carrying live coverage of the IHSA boys basketball semifinals with Class 3A and 4A. Each telecast will be streamed live on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv, and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.

CSN will also air highlights packages throughout the weekend, and live stream every postgame press conference.

Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com's Channel finder or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for all games throughout the state. 

[LIVE STREAM: Watch the IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships on CSN]

For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN's live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: www.csnchicago.com/live-faq.

Check out Saturday's schedule:

Class 3A

Consolation: Bloomington 62, Lanphier 56

Championship: Morgan Park 69, Fenwick 67

Class 4A

Consolation: Fremd vs. Bolingbrook, 5:30 p.m. CSN+ -- Fremd (31-1) and Bolingbrook (29-2) try to compete for third place in Class 4A in this one. The Vikings saw their unbeaten season come to an end at the hands of Whitney Young but the Vikings have some talented seniors in Shaan Patel and Kyle Sliwa. Bolingbrook has one of the deepest teams in the state as seniors Nana Akenten and Malik Binns are playing in their final high school games.

Championship: Simeon vs. Whitney Young, 7:15 p.m. CSN+ -- The rematch of the two city rivals comes for a state title as the Wolverines (29-3) battle the Dolphins (26-5).

Simeon won the first matchup between these two teams at UIC Pavilion in December as they come in as the favorite here. Senior point guard Evan Gilyard is a steady floor general and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker are both playing well. Big man Messiah Jones has also been active throughout the state playoffs for Simeon.

Whitney Young is peaking at the right time as senior Lucas Williamson has plenty of help from juniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda. If Castaneda plays up to his vast potential then the Dolphins will have a chance at beating Simeon the second time around.

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

School: Simeon

2016-17 record: 30-4, 8-2 Public League Red-South

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A Title Game

Players to watch: Senior Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) is one of the area's premier two-way players. Senior forward Messiah Jones (Drake) is an elite leaper and rebounder. Talented junior guard KeJuan Clements is also back. The Wolverines also added some intriguing transfers in Xavier Pinson (St. Pat's) and Northwest Indiana native Zion Young. Both Pinson and Young have Division I interest and add even more perimeter firepower. 

Why they're in the power rankings: On paper, you could argue that Simeon is the most talented team in the state this season. The Wolverines have proven veterans who have won city titles and Division I transfers at multiple positions. But how will all of the pieces fit together? This is a fascinating group with a high ceiling.

Did you know? Making it back to Peoria last season, Simeon has now made 13 state finals appearances.

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

2016-17 record: 23-5, 8-2 Public League Red-West

Postseason results: Won Class 2A State Championship.

Players to watch: Seniors Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake are both major All-Area threats after strong junior seasons. Another senior, Ty Mosley, might actually be the best long-term college prospect of the group as he's pledged to Milwaukee for next season. Sharpshooter Brian Hernandez is another seasoned veteran who has a knack for making big plays.

Why they're in the power rankings: The Spartans return most of last season's Class 2A title team and they also added some key transfers in former Marian Catholic point guard Chase Adams and former Clark wing Demarius Splunge. While the Spartans should be the heavy favorites to repeat in Class 2A, they haven't made as much noise in the Public League Playoffs, which is why they're still behind some of the other schools in the preseason Power Rankings.

Did you know? Orr was absolutely dominant during its Class 2A title run last March as the Spartans won by an average of 21 points. Only one team, Uplift, even played Orr to within single digits and that was still a nine-point margin of victory.