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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8


CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8

The @CSNPreps Power Rankings are had more movement during the week as some Top 10 teams lost and some new teams entered the spotlight.

Morgan Park stays at No. 1 as they picked up two more wins against top ten teams while Curie lost to an unranked conference rival.

[MORE - High School Lites Roundup: Week 8]

This week has some important games that should shake up the rankings like Morgan Park taking on Simeon and Fenwick playing St. Joseph.

1. Morgan Park (15-1, 7-0) (1) - Another week and two more Top 10 wins for Morgan Park as they beat Bogan and St. Joseph. The Mustangs are rolling and will try to close out Simeon and the Red-South this week.

2. Kenwood (15-1, 9-0) - Solid win for Kenwood over Champaign Central and they've also opened up a two-game lead in the Red-Central after Curie's loss to Hyde Park. Things are looking good for the Broncos right now.

3. Fenwick (17-2, 6-0) (4) - Fenwick had an impressive week, as they beat Simeon and Riverside-Brookfield for two more legitimate top-25 wins. The Friars have an important conference game against St. Joseph on Thursday.

4. Simeon (15-3, 7-1) (6) - Simeon fell to Fenwick but bounced back with a huge win over Julian. The Wolverines now get to see if they can match up with Morgan Park after falling in the first meeting.

5. Evanston (17-2, 6-0) (7) - The Wildkits continue to quietly pile up victories as Evanston beat Loyola, Waukegan and Whitney Young during the week. The only Illinois loss for Evanston this season came against Morgan Park.

6. Thornton (14-1, 6-0) (8) - Thornton's winning streak has hit 14 games after a win over Thornridge. With a sectional that isn't very deep, could Thornton be a darkhorse to make it to Peoria?

7. Curie (15-4, 7-2) (3) - Curie tripped up a little bit as they were upset by Hyde Park in Red-Central conference play, putting them two games behind Kenwood for first. The Condors need to figure things out before the city tournament.

8. Bogan (15-5, 6-3) (5) - Bogan fell to Morgan Park and just can't get over the Mustangs or Simeon in the Red-South. The Bengals are still a dangerous threat in the city tournament.

9. St. Joseph (13-5, 6-0) (10) - The Chargers lost to Morgan Park in a showcase event at Hinsdale Central but they have a huge conference game against Fenwick this week.

10. Benet (17-3, 3-1) (11) - Dan Sobolewski made a huge 3-pointer to lift the Redwings past St. Viator in the ESCC. Benet continues to play one of the area's toughest schedules.

11. Notre Dame (16-4, 2-2) (12) - The Dons picked up a big win over Carmel as they try to make a move up the ESCC standings. 

12. Marian Catholic (16-4, 3-0) (13) - Marian Catholic is the only unbeaten team in the ESCC as they get another solid opponent in Marist this week. 

13. Naperville North (14-3, 7-1) (14) - Winners of nine of the last 10 games, Naperville North is tied for the DuPage Valley Conference lead and playing great ball. 

14. Glenbard West (16-1, 4-1) (9) - The unbeaten season was finally snapped by Proviso West but Glenbard West is still a talented, senior-laden team with a star in Justin Pierce.

15. Riverside-Brookfield (14-3, 6-0) (15) - Riverside-Brookfield took a tough loss to Fenwick but they played with one of the best teams in the area and it was a positive showing.

16. Orr (14-2, 9-0) (18) - Orr continues to go through the White-West unbeaten and they host a shootout -- and play U-High -- on Saturday.

17. North Lawndale (16-6, 7-2) - Huge wins in the Red-West for North Lawndale this week as they beat Whitney Young and Farragut.

18. Whitney Young (13-7, 7-2) (16) - The Dolphins fell to North Lawndale and Evanston but still remain a factor in the Red-West and city title race.

19. Homewood-Flossmoor (12-4, 5-1) (20) - The Vikings took down Lockport this week but they have three games this week, including a big matchup with Hillcrest this weekend.

20. Proviso East (10-5, 5-1) (21) - Proviso East won three games by double digits this week as they continue to play very well since the holiday season. They have a big game at Downers South on Friday.

21. Vocational (14-6, 3-5) (24) - The Cavaliers picked up two tight wins during the week and they still get another shot at No. 1 Morgan Park in Red-South play.

22. Deerfield (18-3, 5-1) (25) - Senior Jordan Baum is one of the area's underrated seniors and the do-it-all guard is a big reason Deerfield has 18 wins. This team has a lot of shooters who help space the floor.

23. Hyde Park (15-5, 6-3) (NR) - Huge win for Hyde Park over Curie in Red-Central play as this team could be peaking at the right time. They have three games this week, so that should help determine if Hyde Park is a city title contender.

24. Hillcrest (14-4, 8-0) (NR) - The Hawks are quietly putting together another great season in the south suburbs as they've gone unbeaten in 2016. 

25. Lake Zurich (16-4, 4-1) (NR) - Lake Zurich has a big week as they face Lake Forest and Batavia at the Batavia Night of Hoops. After winning their own event last weekend, the Bears play more good competition.

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.