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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 6


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 6

Not too many changes in the @CSNPreps Power Rankings this week as the top team remains the same and most of the top 12 remains in that rankings range. 

The back of the rankings sees plenty of a shakeup, however, with five new teams entering the picture this week, including a couple of familiar faces from the Public League.

Be sure to check out High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on CSN and  

[MORE: High School Lites Week 6 roundup]

1. Morgan Park (12-1, 5-0) (1) -- The Mustangs defeated No. 24 Vocational and play Simeon again next Saturday. 

2. Simeon (12-2, 4-1) (3) -- Four wins for the Wolverines was certainly impressive as they won in the Red-South and grabbed two out-of-state wins. 

3. Kenwood (11-1, 6-0) (4) -- Beating Curie -- even without Devin Gage -- is a great conference win for the Broncos, who came from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to win.

4. Curie (12-2, 5-1) -- The Condors fell to Kenwood, but they were without DePaul commit and senior Devin Gage. They won two other games this week in impressive fashion.

5. Bogan (11-4, 4-2) (6) -- The Bengals lost to Simeon in overtime by a point and they still remain among the city's elite teams. 

6. St. Joseph (12-3, 5-0) (7) -- Nice win for the Chargers over St. Ignatius before falling to a tough national opponent from Utah at T.F. North.

7. Evanston (12-2, 4-0) (8) -- Two solid wins for Evanston over Highland Park and Glenbrook South and they play Maine South this week.

8. Glenbard West (14-0, 2-0) (9) -- The Hilltoppers remain unbeaten as they beat St. Charles East and Oak Park-River Forest. Justin Pierce is a major Player of the Year threat.

9. Thornton (10-1, 4-0) (11) -- Thornton ran past a very good Lincoln Way-Central team in impressive fashion and they continue to impress.

10. Benet (12-2, 1-1) (17) -- One of the biggest wins of the season came when Benet beat Fenwick as it showed the Redwings can beat elite competition.

11. Fenwick (13-2, 4-0) (5) -- The Friars tripped up against Benet but the did pick up a solid home win over Notre Dame earlier in the week.

12. Notre Dame (11-3, 1-1) (10) -- The Dons lost to Fenwick on the road but they remain a major threat in the ESCC. 

13. Marian Catholic (12-4, 2-0) (13) -- Two solid wins for Marian Catholic this week as they topped Providence and Brother Rice. 

14. Naperville North (11-3, 3-1) (15) -- The Huskies earned back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday night over Glenbard North and Neuqua Valley.

15. Riverside-Brookfield (12-2, 5-0) (16) -- Junior Henry Trelenberg made his season debut and he's another talented piece for the Bulldogs.

16. Whitney Young (9-4, 3-1) (18) -- The Dolphins had two double-digit wins and seem to really be hitting their stride. Lucas Williamson played well against an out-of-state opponent.

17. Hinsdale South (11-3, 3-1) (20) -- The Hornets picked up an easy win over Leyden and have an important game with Proviso East this week.

18. De La Salle (11-4, 2-2) (21) -- Winning at Loyola is never easy and the Meteors won by double digits.

19. Orr (10-2, 5-0) (NR) -- Orr has been playing in the White-West division but they're still a talented team with a great win over Homewood-Flossmoor.

20. North Lawndale (10-5, 3-2) (NR) -- North Lawndale has been impressive over the last few weeks and picked up two wins, including a good one over Farragut this week.

21. Zion-Benton (11-4, 3-1) (NR) -- The Zee-Bees are trying to separate themselves in the North Suburban Lake as they beat Lake Zurich and Libertyville last week.

22. Homewood-Flossmoor (9-4, 3-1) (24) -- After an impressive home win for the Vikings over Joliet West on Friday night, they fell to Orr on Saturday at T.F. North.

23. Joliet West (10-4, 2-2) (14) -- The Tigers looked bad in a loss to Homewood-Flossmoor on Friday but beat Richards and still have a lot of young talent.

24. Vocational (11-4, 2-3) (NR) -- Playing in the toughest conference in the area, the Red-South, will prepare the Cavaliers well for the postseason.

25. Hyde Park (11-4, 4-2) (NR) -- Hyde Park had three wins by double digits last week and has been playing really good ball lately.

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

Playoff drama highlights a busy week on High School Lites

High School Lites had a busy show as it was the final week of the regular season for IHSA boys basketball Class 3A and 4A. The Class 1A and 2A playoffs also tipped in boys basketball as the show has some thrilling regional titles that were decided in the final minute. And finally, the girls basketball Class 1A and 2A state semifinals were played on Friday as the state's top teams played in Bloomington.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for the latest news and scores for IHSA basketball.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Richards wrestler Mia Palumbo

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Simeon boys basketball


Marshall shocks Leo in Class 2A regional final

Aurora Christian runs past Harvert Christian for 1A regional title

Buzzer-beater lifts Monticello over Gibson City for regional title

Jacobs goes unbeaten in Fox Valley with win over Dundee-Crown

West Aurora gets by rival East Aurora

Yorkville completes season sweep of DeKalb

Lemont escapes past T.F. North

Marshall needs OT to get past Teutopolis in girls 2A semifinals

Harlan takes down Eureka in 2A semifinals

Stockton runs by Okaw Valley in 1A

Schlarman races by Lebanon

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.