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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 12


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 12

After a busy weekend that included the conclusion of the Public League Playoffs and Catholic League Tournament -- as well as the City-Suburban Showdown -- there was some shakeup in the latest @CSNPreps Power Rankings.

The new No. 1 is Simeon, as they beat Morgan Park, Evanston and Kenwood in a three-day stretch. The Wolverines had as good a stretch as any team has played all season with those wins and that's why they jump a very close No. 2 in Fenwick.

This is the final week of the regular season for Class 3A and Class 4A while Class 1A and Class 2A boys basketball begins this week. 

1. Simeon (3) (24-3, 9-1) - The new No. 1 is Simeon and they jump to the top spot after beating No. 3 Morgan Park, No. 12 Evanston and No. 4 Kenwood in three straight days. The Wolverines are balanced and tough in close games.

2. Fenwick (2) (24-2, 9-0) - Right behind Simeon and staying at No. 2 is Fenwick, who beat No. 6 St. Joseph for the Catholic League Tournament title. Senior point guard Mike Smith is in the Player of the Year discussion. 

3. Morgan Park (1) (22-3, 9-1) - The Mustangs fell to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals, but they had a solid comeback win over No. 10 Riverside-Brookfield as Charlie Moore was unbelievable down the stretch. Morgan Park is off until the playoffs.

4. Kenwood (6) (19-4, 9-1) - After the impressive win over No. 5 Curie, Kenwood gave a solid effort before falling to No. 1 Simeon. The Broncos will be a tough out in the state playoffs in Class 4A. 

5. Curie (5) (20-5, 8-2) - The Condors lost a close one to rival Kenwood in the Public League Playoff semifinals and they're going to be motivated entering the Class 4A state playoffs. 

6. St. Joseph (7) (19-8, 8-1) - The Chargers lost to Fenwick in the Catholic League Tournament title game and now they turn their attention to the Class 3A playoffs. Senior Nick Rakocevic continues to put up great numbers.

7. Bogan (8) (17-7, 6-4) - After falling in the Public League Playoffs, the Bengals had the week off. They'll be a very tough out in Class 3A. 

8. Benet (9)  (24-3, 7-1) - Benet is still tied atop the ESCC standings at 7-1 and they've played great ball since the holiday season. 

9. North Lawndale (11) (20-7, 8-2) - North Lawndale was another team with an off-week after the Public League Playoffs and they're a No. 2 seed in Class 3A. 

10. Riverside-Brookfield (20-5, 12-0) - Riverside-Brookfield had a solid showing against Morgan Park but they can't get over the hump against elite teams. They'll have to beat some top-10 teams to win another sectional title like last season.

11. Marian Catholic (14) (18-5, 5-1) - Marian Catholic is tied atop the ESCC with Benet at 7-1 and they've been playing some good ball towards the end of the season. 

12. Evanston (4) (21-4, 9-1) - The Wildkits saw their 13-game winning streak get snapped with weekend losses to Maine South and No. 1 Simeon. Junior Nojel Eastern needs to get back on track before the state playoffs.

13. Homewood-Flossmoor (14) (19-5, 11-1) - The Vikings have quietly piled up wins as they blew out Stagg this week. Homewood-Flossmoor is a No. 3 seed in the Bloom Sectional.

14. Whitney Young (15) (17-8, 8-2) - The Dolphins had the week off before the Public League Playoffs and they're a No. 4 seed, and home team, in Class 4A regional play.

15. Naperville North (16) (21-4, 14-1) - Naperville North picked up wins over Naperville Central and Waubonsie Valley this week as they continue their roll over the last two months. The Huskies are a No. 3 seed in the East Aurora Sectional.

16. Orr (17) (16-3, 10-0) - Orr was off this week as they try to prepare for a run in Class 2A. The Spartans are No. 1 seed in their own regional.

17. Vocational (18) (18-8, 4-6) - Vocational didn't play this past week but they're preparing for the Class 3A playoffs, where they could play Bogan in sectional play. 

18. Thornton (12) (20-3, 11-1) - Thornton suffered a loss to Bloom during the week and then had a blowout win over Thornwood. Even with two losses in recent weeks, Thornton is still the No. 2 seed in the Bloom Sectional.

19. Deerfield (19) (24-3, 9-1) - Deerfield had an easy win over Maine West during the week. They're the No. 2 seed in the Glenbrook South Sectional in Class 4A.

20. Hyde Park (20) (18-7, 7-3) - Hyde Park was off during last week and they have a tough Class 3A draw to potentially play Mount Carmel for a regional title and Morgan Park right after that.

21. Hillcrest (21) (19-5, 11-0) - Hillcrest picked up a win over Oak Forest last week and they'll be a major threat in Class 3A. The Hawks are the No. 1 seed in the Streator Sectional.

22. Notre Dame (22) (20-6, 5-3) - In the Glenbrook South Sectional, Notre Dame is going to be a tough out since they've played so well recently. The Dons have the size to potentially disrupt Evanston if they matchup in sectional play.

23. Stevenson (23) (21-6, 10-2) - Stevenson is playing up to their capabilities as they beat Libertyville and Niles North this week. The Patriots are the No. 3 seed in the Glenbrook South Sectional in Class 4A. 

24. Hinsdale South (24) (20-8, 9-3) - Hinsdale South picked up a double-digit win over Addison Trail as they could play Downers South again for a regional title in Class 4A. 

25. Prairie Ridge (25) (22-3, 12-0) - The Wolves were winners over Woodstock last week to move to 12-0 in the Fox Valley Fox. They're a No. 1 seed in Class 4A in the Rock Valley Sectional. 

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

Public League champion Simeon remains clear No. 1 in latest Preps Power Rankings

The Class 1A and 2A regionals begin this week and the regular season is finishing up for every other team in the state. We're getting that much closer to state titles being decided in Peoria. Simeon remains the clear No. 1 in the latest Power Rankings after beating No. 4 Whitney Young and No. 2 Orr by double digits on the way to earning a third straight Public League Playoff title, while a couple of familiar faces are back in the tail end of the rankings.

1. Simeon (25-3, 9-0) (1) -- Simeon stays at No. 1 after winning the Public League Playoffs for the third consecutive year. The Wolverines have now defeated teams No. 2 through No. 6 in the Preps Power Rankings for a 6-0 record on the season in which the average margin of victory has been 14.5 points per game. The clear No. 1 in the state of Illinois, Simeon has the week off before the Class 4A playoffs.

2. Orr (22-4, 9-0) (2) -- Orr put up a good fight but they ultimately fell short to No. 1 Simeon in the Public League Playoff title game. The Spartans did gain revenge on No. 3 Curie, however, with a big semifinal win on Friday. Orr has to forget the title loss ahead of the Class 2A Playoffs that begin this week as the Spartans try to repeat as champions.

3. Curie (23-4, 8-1) (3) -- The Condors have only lost to No. 1 and No. 2 when it comes to in-state losses as they remain one of the most complete and balanced teams in the state. Curie has the week off before the IHSA Playoffs.

4. Whitney Young (22-7, 7-2) (4) -- Whitney Young earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park before falling to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals. The Dolphins also have the week off before they attempt to repeat as Class 4A champions. 

5. Morgan Park (18-9, 7-2) (5) Disappointing result for the Mustangs as they lost on a buzzer-beater in the Public League Playoffs to Whitney Young. Defending champions in Class 3A, the Mustangs will rest this week before the playoffs begin.

6. Fenwick (18-7, 8-0) (8) -- The Friars earned two wins during the week as they beat Marmion while also getting a huge conference road win at Loyola. Fenwick will battle Taft during the week.

7. New Trier (22-3, 8-1) (9) -- New Trier had one of the best weeks of any team in the area as they picked up wins over Maine South and Evanston. Now the leaders in the rugged CSL South, the Trevians have some more tough games against Niles North and Glenbrook North this week. 

8. Evanston (20-5, 8-2) (6) -- Evanston's red-hot recent play was finally slowed down as they fell to rival New Trier. The Wildkits will try to bounce back when they play Vernon Hills in a Central Suburban crossover this week.

9. Oak Park-River Forest (21-5, 12-0) (11) -- The Huskies finished the West Suburban Silver season unbeaten following wins over York and Proviso West. OPRF gets a great test right before the playoffs when they face Hinsdale South in the West Suburban championship game.

10. Benet (21-4) (6-1) (12) -- Two wins for the Redwings this week when they beat Joliet Catholic and Stevenson. Things aren't easy for Benet this week as they head to Marian Catholic before hosting Carmel in two tough ESCC games. 

11. West Aurora (19-4, 8-0) (13) -- The winning streak is now 11 for the Blackhawks after beating South Elgin. West Aurora will play Bartlett and crosstown rival East Aurora this week as they try to keep the momentum going into the playoffs. 

12. Marist (23-4, 6-2) (15) -- Marist picked up a double-digit win over St. Patrick during the week as they prepare for the Class 4A draw. The RedHawks will have an ESCC game against Marian Central this week. 

13. Niles North (22-4, 5-4) (8) -- The Vikings fell to CSL South rival Maine South and followed that up with an overtime win over a tough Wisconsin team in St. Catherine's. The Vikings get a crack at conference leader New Trier this week before playing Maine West in a tough Central Suburban crossover. 

14. Marian Catholic (20-4, 5-3) (16) -- Three wins for the Spartans during the week as they knocked off Nazareth, Rich Central and Marian Central. Marian Catholic gets a tough test this week when they host Benet in its final ESCC game.

15. Naperville North (23-2, 14-1) (17) -- The Huskies have won eight straight games as they clinched at least a share of the DuPage Valley Conference with a win over Waubonsie Valley this week. Naperville North hosts Wheaton-Warrenville South this week to decide the DVC title.

16. DePaul Prep (20-6, 5-3) (19) -- Picking up a convincing double-digit win over Mount Carmel, the Rams got back on track after the loss to Brother Rice. DePaul Prep will host Montini during the week as they prepare for Class 3A. 

17. Loyola (21-6, 5-3) (10) -- Tough recent stretch for the Ramblers as they fell to St. Joseph and Fenwick to fall out of the Catholic League Blue race. Loyola hosts Steinmetz for a tune-up this week. 

18. Hillcrest (21-5, 13-0) (21) -- Hillcrest survived a tight win over T.F. North before winning convincingly against Oak Forest. The Hawks have the week off as they prep for Class 3A. 

19. Leo (19-5, 8-0) (22) -- Finishing the regular season with a big win over Marmion, the Lions will be one of the area teams to watch in the Class 2A playoffs as they are in the Marshall Regional. 

20. Homewood-Flossmoor (16-6, 7-1) (23) -- Another huge win for Homewood-Flossmoor as the Vikings took down Bolingbrook to keep a lead in the SouthWest Suburban Blue. Homewood-Flossmoor goes on the road this week to battle Sandburg and Lockport. 

21. Hinsdale South (20-5, 10-2) (24) -- The Hornets stayed hot with wins over Addison Trail and Proviso East as they clinched the West Suburban Gold. Hinsdale South has a tough battle against Oak Park-River Forest in the West Suburban championship game this week. 

22. St. Viator (22-5, 8-0) (25) -- The Lions picked up some wins against Carmel and Bartlett. St. Viator will try to close out the ESCC with an undefeated record when they play Nazareth this week. 

23. Bolingbrook (17-6, 5-3) (18) -- Bolingbrook fell out of the SouthWest Suburban Blue conference race when they lost to Homewood-Flossmoor. The Raiders still have some tough games to close out the regular season when they play Lincoln-Way East and Stagg.

24. Maine South (20-7, 6-4) (NR) -- Huge win for Maine South as they knocked off Niles North after losing to New Trier in overtime earlier in the week. The Hawks close out the regular season with a Central Suburban Crossover against Highland Park.

25. Willowbrook (22-5, 9-3) (NR) -- Willowbrook is back in the rankings by earning three double-digit wins over Morton, Leyden and Downers South. The Warriors have only lost to ranked teams like West Aurora and Hinsdale South lately as they've been playing well. 

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

Five top-25 matchups highlight loaded episode of High School Lites

High School Lites had five matchups between top-25 teams on Friday night as the Public League Playoff semifinals and big matchups in the CSL South, Catholic League Blue and SouthWest Suburban Blue took shape.

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No. 1 Simeon holds off No. 4 Whitney Young

No. 2 Orr gets revenge on No. 3 Curie

No. 9 New Trier takes down No. 6 Evanston

No. 8 Fenwick handles No. 10 Loyola Academy

No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor rallies past No. 18 Bolingbrook

Oswego East upsets No. 20 Joliet Central

Andrew shuts down Thornridge

Sandburg tops Lockport in OT

Richards runs by Shepard

Maine West captures second straight girls basketball regional title