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]
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Check out Friday's schedule:
Semifinal No. 1: Fenwick 67, Bloomington 52
Semifinal No. 2: Morgan Park 60, Lanphier 53
Semifinal No. 1: Whitney Young 53, Fremd 47
Bolingbrook vs. Simeon, 7:15 p.m., CSN+ -- This should be an epic clash as Bolingbrook (29-1) goes against Simeon (29-3). The Raiders haven't lost at full strength this season as they have the deepest team left in the field. Senior Nana Akenten is having a great season while forward Malik Binns and Kaleb Thornton are also double-figure scorers. The Wolverines have a great senior leader in point guard Evan Gilyard while juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker are having strong seasons. Simeon has great recent wins over Marist, Thornton and Edwardsville in which they had convincing wins against all three.
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.
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.