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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 3

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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 3

The CSN Preps Power Rankings saw some more out-of-state losses this week as Kenwood, Bogan and Morgan Park all lost to team from Michigan in Detroit. 

But the Mustangs rallied with an impressive win at No. 2 Simeon on Friday and the Red-South rivals continue to look like the two strongest teams in the area despite early losses.

The top 12 of this week's @CSNPreps Power Rankings are unique. If a team isn't unbeaten, they've only been defeated by another top-12 team, or an out-of-state opponent. It isn't a definitive hierarchy for the rest of the season, but those 12 teams are certainly off to a particularly strong start.

It's a slow week before holiday tournaments get rolling but we should know a lot more before the end of December.

1. Morgan Park (3-1, 1-0) (1) - Although the Mustangs lost in Michigan, they led the entire game on the road at No. 2 Simeon as Charlie Moore proved he's the city's best player right now.

2. Simeon (2-1, 1-1) (2) - The Wolverines also lost -- to No. 1 Morgan Park -- but their talent continues to make them the biggest threat at this current moment. Simeon still has the talent to be the area's best team if their depth kicks in.

3. Fenwick (7-0, 2-0) (3) - Fenwick remains unbeaten as they knocked off St. Ignatius by 10 points. The key for Fenwick these next few weeks is finding depth that can contribute.

4. Curie (4-0, 2-0) (6) - Curie is 2-0 in the Red-Central and looks like a potential favorite as their deep lineup helped beat DuSable and King. 

5. St. Joseph (7-0) (7) - Senior center Nick Rakocevic looks like a Player of the Year player and the Chargers' young guards have played good and steady basketball. 

6. Kenwood (3-1, 2-0) (3) - Kenwood also lost in Detroit but they rebounded nicely with a Red-Central road win over neighborhood rival No. 25 Hyde Park. Senior Zion Morgan was fantastic in that one with 31 points.

7. Bogan (3-1, 2-0) (5) - The third ranked team to lose in Michigan, the Bengals won in the Red-South against a talented No. 24 Vocational team. Senior point guard Bryce Barnes continues to generate more Division I buzz while senior James Jones has been very good.

8. Riverside-Brookfield (6-1, 2-0) (8) - Also unbeaten in the state of Illinois, Riverside-Brookfield easily dispatched IC Catholic in the Metro Suburban West. 

9. Evanston (6-1, 2-0) (9) - Very nice week for Evanston as they rolled past some talented teams like Waukegan and Maine South. 

10. Whitney Young (2-1, 2-0) (10) - Whitney Young had a very nice win at Farragut in the Red-West as sophomore point guard Xavier Castenada looks to have the makings of a potential star.

11. Benet (7-0, 1-0) (12) - Benet is still unbeaten as they took down York and Joliet Catholic. The ESCC is tough and there will be a lot of competition at the top.

12. Notre Dame (7-1, 1-0) (13) - A very positive week for the Dons as they topped Nazareth and DePaul Prep. 

13. Glenbard West (7-0, 1-0) (14) - The Hilltoppers are getting huge production from senior William & Mary commit Justin Pierce as they beat a good York team.

14. Hinsdale South (6-1, 2-0) (15) - Two big wins for Hinsdale South this week as senior center and Northwestern commit Barret Benson is playing very good basketball. Important West Suburban Gold game against No. 21 Downers South this week.

15. Marian Catholic (6-2, 1-0) - The Spartans used a 1-3-1 zone to slow down Marian Central and then beat St. Rita on a neutral court. T.J. Smith getting involved is a positive sign going forward.

16. De La Salle (5-1, 1-0) (19) - De La Salle escaped past Providence-St. Mel and have a big week against Lincoln Park and No. 3 Fenwick, both at home.

17. Joliet West (6-1, 1-1) (10) - Joliet West will face Lincoln-Way East before heading to the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. 

18. Oswego (6-1, 2-0) (21) - Big rivalry game against Oswego East this week before the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament.

19. Stagg (6-1, 2-0) (NR) - Stagg knocked off No. 17 Joliet West and have moved to 6-1 despite only one senior starter. Junior John Contant is putting up big scoring numbers.

20. Fremd (8-1, 2-0) (NR) - Since losing to Uplift during Thanksgiving week, Fremd has won six straight games -- all by double digits -- including an impressive win over No. 21 Downers South.

21. Downers South (5-2, 2-0) (16) - Downers South fell to No. 20 Fremd during the week but still has a lot of talent. The game against No. 14 Hinsdale South this Friday will be important in the West Suburban Gold. 

22. Stevenson (5-1, 2-0) (NR) - Since losing to Hinsdale South, the Patriots have continued to win. The Patriots play Lake Zurich and at Prospect this week before playing in the Hinsdale Central Holiday Tournament.

23. Thornton (4-1, 2-0) (NR) - Entering the CSN Preps Power Rankings is Thornton, as they earned a nice home win over Bradley-Bourbonnais. 

24. Vocational (6-1, 0-1) (22) - Vocational lost for the first time this season when they fell to No. 7 Bogan, but they're still one of the toughest teams in the city.

25. Hyde Park (6-2, 1-1) (25) - The Thunderbirds had a strong showing in a loss to No. 6 Kenwood as senior Tajuan Agee is the real deal. 

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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Highlights

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