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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 1

The 2015-16 boys basketball season appeared to be wide open entering the season and with nine new teams entering the CSN Preps Power Rankings after the first week of the season, it looks like it could be a while before a group of teams begins to separate themselves. 

While the top eight teams stayed the same, the rest of the Power Rankings had quite a bit of changes. Here's a look at the latest Chicagoland rankings.

1. Morgan Park (0-0) (1) - The Mustangs open the season with Bowen on Tuesday and get tested Saturday against No. 8 Evanston in the Chicago Elite Classic.

2. Simeon (0-0) (2) - Things don't start easy for the Wolverines as they play No. 10 Whitney Young on Saturday in the Chicago Elite Classic.

3. Kenwood (1-0) (3) - The Broncos opened the season with a win over Julian as they travel to Lake Forest Academy this week.

4. Fenwick (4-0) (4) - Fenwick took care of business at Morton with a 4-0 record as they face nearby rival Oak Park-River Forest in the Chicago Elite Classic on Friday at UIC.

5. Bogan (3-0) (5) - Bogan won all three games by at least 25 at Rock Island as they started the season in impressive fashion.

6. Riverside-Brookfield (4-0) (6) - Riverside-Brookfield won its own event by beating some talented teams, including Oak Park-River Forest. The Bulldogs get Wheaton Academy and Gonzaga (D.C.) this week.

7. Curie (1-0) (7) - It was a big win over Proviso West that started Curie's season as they travel to the Marshall County Hoop Fest next weekend.

8. Evanston (4-0) (8) - Some nice wins for Evanston, including Notre Dame and Mount Carmel as they prepare for No. 1 Morgan Park in Saturday's Chicago Elite Classic.

9. St. Joseph (4-0) (11) - The Chargers are off to a 4-0 start after beating St. Charles East and senior center Nick Rakocevic is off to a great start. On Friday, St. Joseph gets No. 19 De La Salle in the Catholic Red.

10. Whitney Young (0-0) (17) - The Dolphins make their season debut on Saturday against No. 2 Simeon in the Chicago Elite Classic.

[RELATED - Chicago Elite Classic to take place on Dec. 4-5]

11. Bradley-Bourbonnais (3-0) (18) - Things went easily for the Boilermakers with three big wins at Oliver Nazarene. Bradley-Bourbonnais gets Thornridge this week.

12. Joliet West (5-0) (19) - Impressive 5-0 start for Joliet West as they beat Crete-Monee in overtime to win their own event before beating Foreman on Sunday. Bolingbrook will be a test on Friday.

13. Oswego (4-0) (23) - Oswego trailed after the first three quarters against Naperville North before rallying to claim their own title and start 4-0.

14. Homewood-Flossmoor (3-1) (NR) - The Vikings dropped their opener against T.F. South only to rally and beat No. 15 Marian Catholic for an impressive win.

15. Marian Catholic (4-1) (9) - The Spartans need a buzzer-beater to beat Thornwood and also beat T.F. South, Bloom and Westinghouse while losing to No. 14 Homewood-Flossmoor.

16. Benet (4-0) (NR) - Quality start for Benet as they went 4-0 with good wins over Lincoln Park and St. Ignatius. 

17. Notre Dame (3-1) (10) - The Dons fell to No. 8 Evanston last week, but otherwise looked good in the opening week.

18. Glenbard West (4-0) (NR) - Senior wing Justin Pierce is putting up huge numbers as Glenbard West had an impressive first week.

19. De La Salle (4-0) (NR) - The Meteors knocked off Niles West and St. Patrick for a great first week and they get tested against No. 9 St. Joseph on Friday.

20. Hyde Park (4-0) (NR) - After just missing the preseason power rankings, Hyde Park put up four double-digit wins in Rockford and looked like a threat in the Red-Central.

21. Uplift (5-0) (NR) - Winning Mundelein with a 5-0 mark was Uplift, who has a star in junior guard Demarius Jacobs. 

22. Hinsdale South (3-1) (24) - Hinsdale South lost to No. 18 Glenbard West, but still had a great win over Stevenson as senior center Barret Benson put up big numbers.

23. Downers South (3-1) (NR) - Downers South just missed the preseason power rankings but proved they were real by winning three and making it tough for No. 9 St. Joseph.

24. Farragut (4-1) (NR) - After losing to Rockford Auburn, Farragut rattled off four wins, including a very solid takedown of Crete-Monee on Sunday.

25. Deerfield (4-0) (NR) - Deerfield won the tournament at Palatine by coming back to defeat a very talented Jacobs team.

Previously ranked: 12. Stevenson, 13. Bolingbrook, 14. Proviso East, 15. Loyola Academy, 16. Oak Park-River Forest, 20. Larkin, 21. Neuqua Valley, 22. St. Ignatius, 25. Niles West

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

Boys Basketball Playoffs begin on busy week of High School Lites

High School Lites is down to the final week of the regular season in local high school hoops as the Class 3A and 4A schools finish up conference play. The boys basketball playoffs have also started as the Class 1A and Class 2A regional championships will be played on Friday night.

The girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals will also be featured. You can catch all of those games on NBC Sports Chicago on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. with the 1A semifinals. High School Lites will air Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago

East Aurora at No. 11 West Aurora, 7:00 p.m. -- These two rivals meet for the 225th time. The Blackhawks (20-4, 9-0) won the first matchup by 22 points as they try to finish the season on a 12-game winning streak. 

Jacobs at Dundee-Crown, 7:00 p.m. -- Fox Valley rivals match up as Jacobs tries to go unbeaten in the conference. The Eagles (23-3, 15-0) has been playing very well as they've won 20 of 21 games heading into this one -- including an earlier win against Dundee-Crown. The Chargers (14-11, 10-4) has won seven consecutive games since dropping to the Golden Eagles as they're second in the Fox Valley heading into this one. 

Yorkville at DeKalb, 7:00 p.m. -- The top two teams in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East play in this one. DeKalb (16-11, 11-1) has already clinched a share of the conference title as the team's only league loss has come against Yorkville. The Foxes (17-8, 10-2) knocked off DeKalb at their place on Feb. 3 as they try to win again to get a piece of the division title. 

T.F. North at Lemont, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the better teams in the South Suburban Blue battle on the eve of the playoffs. Lemont (17-8, 9-3) has picked up three straight wins entering this one. T.F. North (11-9, 9-3) is trying to build some momentum after recent close losses to Hillcrest and T.F. South.

Carmel at No. 10 Benet, 7:30 p.m. -- The ESCC closes out its season with this one. Benet (22-4, 7-1) is coming off a nice road win at Marian Catholic earlier this week. Carmel (17-10, 4-4) knocked off Joliet Catholic during the week as they've been a dangerous team in the ESCC. 

Class 2A Boys Basketball Regional Championships

Leo vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. -- The Lions are the favorites but the Commandos are the host of this regional title game. Leo (20-5, 8-0) has a 13-game winning streak as they won the Catholic League White. Marshall (8-17, 4-5) struggled in the win column but they were a competitive 4-5 in a very deep Public League Red-South. 

Uplift vs. Northridge, 7 p.m. -- This should be an interesting battle as Uplift is playing on the road at Northridge. Uplift (17-9, 6-3) has played an extremely competitive schedule that includes a recent close loss to No. 1 Simeon as Kansas commit Markese Jacobs and senior forward Toraze Dobbs are one of the best combinations in the Class 2A field. Northridge (22-5, 12-0) went unbeaten in the Independent School League this season as they're riding a 13-game winning streak.

Class 1A Boys Basketball Regional Championships 

Aurora Christian vs. Harvest Christian, 7 p.m. -- These two teams play for the third time this season in what should be an interesting regional title game. Aurora Christian (23-1, 10-0) is the host as they only lost to Winnebago this season. The Eagles beat Harvest Christian twice in a six-day span in December. Harvest Christian (18-8, 8-2) finished third in the Northeastern Athletic as they played the second game within two points. 

Class 1A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Okaw Valley vs. Stockton, 11 a.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Okaw Valley (29-5) is making its first state appearance after winning its first regional title in school history. Stockton (31-2) finished under .500 last season (13-15) and had an amazing turnaround that includes a current 15-game winning streak. 

Lebanon vs. Schlarman, 12:45 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- These two teams have combined for two losses this season as this should be a good one. Lebanon (31-1) just won its first sectional title in school history as they've now moved on to state. Schlarman (31-1) is led by junior Anaya Peoples, a Notre Dame commit and five-star prospect in the Class of 2019. 

Class 2A Girls Basketball State Semifinals

Harlan vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two red-hot teams play in the first semifinal in Class 2A. Harlan (25-6) is riding a 12-game winning streak as this is its first appearance at state for girls basketball. Eureka (28-3) has a 19-game winning streak as they make their first state appearance since 1988.

Marshall vs. Teutopolis, 7:15 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago -- Two storied programs in the state match up in this one. Marshall (20-7) will be making its 21st state appearance as head coach Dorothy Gaters is one of the most storied coaches in Illinois. Teutopolis is making its 17th appearance at state as the Lady Shoes (28-6) seek their first title since 1995. 

Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down


Check out the AP boys basketball polls as regular season winds down

Here is the latest AP boys basketball polls. The girls basketball polls are done with the playoffs underway in all four classes.

Class 4A

School                                 W-L       Pts   Prv

1. Simeon (9)                      25-3      90    1

2. Belleville West                23-2      75    3

3. Curie                                22-3      74     2

4. Danville                           23-2      67      4

5. Whitney Young               22-7     52     T5

6. Normal West                   21-6     28     T5

7. Quincy                              19-4      21     T10

8. Bloomington                   18-7      15     8

9. Evanston                          20-5      14     7

10. New Trier                       22-3       12     NR

Others receiving votes: Moline 11, Niles North 10, Lisle (Benet Academy) 10, St. Viator 5, Naperville North 4, Maine South 2, Rockford Jefferson 1.

Class 3A

School                                            W-L          Pts    Prv

1. Morgan Park (7)                       18-9         88     2

2. Springfield Southeast (2)        22-3         82     1

3. Marian Catholic                        20-4         67     4

4. Hillcrest                                      21-5         57     5

(tie) Springfield Lanphier             22-3         57     3

6. Alton Marquette                       28-0         44      6

7. Centralia                                    21-4          32      7

8. DePaul College Prep                20-6          31      8

9. Champaign Central                  17-7          13      10

10. Decatur MacArthur                 18-8         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Lincoln 6, Burlington Central 6, Bogan 3.

Class 2A

School                                       W-L          Pts     Prv

1. Orr (11)                                 23-4         110     1

2. Warsaw West Hancock      22-2         83       3

3. Pinckneyville                       25-3         76       T4

4. Winnebago                          24-2         75       2

5. Monticello                            22-1         69       6

6. Leo                                        19-5         65       T4

7. Bloomington Central Catholic       21-6         42   8

8. Effingham St. Anthony                    25-3         23   7

9. Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley               24-3         12   NR

10. Trenton Wesclin                             24-4         9     NR

Others receiving votes: Eldorado 7, Corliss 6, St. Joseph-Ogden 6, Bureau Valley 5, Uplift 5 Teutopolis 4, Williamsville 3, Quincy Notre Dame 2, Farmington  2, Casey-Westfield 1

Class 1A

School                                      W-L          Pts      Prv

1. Aurora Christian (9)            22-1        108      1

2. DePue (1)                              24-2        85        2

3. East Dubuque (1)                26-3        80        4

4. Annawan                              25-3        75        5

5. Payson Seymour                 26-2        68        3

6. Sterling Newman                 23-4       57        6

7. Colfax Ridgeview                  24-4       48        7

8. New Berlin                             25-3       33        8

9. Cairo                                       21-5       22        9

10. Nokomis                              21-7         9        NR

Others receiving votes: Newark 8, Quest Academy 5, Milford 4, Cissna Park 2. Okawville 1.