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CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 14


CSN Preps Power Rankings: Week 14

Every boys basketball team in the state of Illinois has gone through at least one week of the playoffs now as we enter the home stretch of the season. 
The @CSNPreps Power Rankings have been updated this week to include four new teams, as we saw some upsets happen during regional play in Class 3A and Class 4A. If you're following the smaller school ranks, keep an eye on No. 12 Orr when they play Hales in a Class 2A supersectional on Tuesday night.
Keep an eye on our Twitter @CSNPreps this week as we'll have plenty of IHSA boys basketball updates throughout the week. 
1. Simeon (1) (26-3) — The Wolverines took care of business by beating T.F. South and Brother Rice during the week. Now, Simeon is the favorite in a tough Bloom Sectional in Class 4A where they get No. 10 Marian Catholic on Tuesday.
2. Fenwick (2) (27-2) —  Fenwick had two blowout wins that led to a Class 3A regional title as the Friars beat Golder and Urban Prep-West. The Friars get some better competition at the Westinghouse Sectional this week as they get Farragut on Tuesday night before potentially facing St. Joseph or North Lawndale on Friday night. 
3. Morgan Park (3) (24-3) — Morgan Park had two easy wins in Class 3A as they ran past Julian and Harlan for easy wins. The Mustangs are trying to make it to Peoria for the fourth consecutive season as they play No. 24 Mount Carmel 
4. Kenwood (4) (21-4) — With a bull's-eye on their back, Kenwood passed through the Morton Regional unscathed in Class 4A as they beat Von Steuben and Oak Park-River Forest. Kenwood gets tested at the Riverside-Brookfield next week as they play No. 22 Proviso East on Wednesday night.
5. Curie (5) (23-5) — Curie won a Class 4A regional at home as they knocked off Lane and Lincoln Park with easy wins. The Condors now move to the Riverside-Brookfield Sectional, where they play No. 11 Whitney Young on Tuesday. 
6. St. Joseph (6) (22-8) — St. Joseph needed a buzzer-beater to knock off Phillips for the Class 3A regional title. Now, the Chargers get a crack at No. 9 North Lawndale on Wednesday night in the Westinghouse Sectional.
7. Bogan (7) (19-7) — Bogan moved on with ease in the King Sectional as they rolled past DuSable and St. Laurence. The Bengals are hoping to get another playoff shot at rival Morgan Park on Friday night in the St. Laurence Sectional, but first, they have to take care of No. 13 Vocational on Wednesday. 
8. Benet (8) (27-3) — Benet had some close calls in winning a Class 4A regional title as they knocked off Willowbrook and Naperville Central to advance to the East Aurora Sectional. On Tuesday, the Redwings play No. 25 Hinsdale South.
9. North Lawndale (9) (22-7) — The Phoenix were able to win a Class 3A regional on the road by beating Bulls Prep and host Marshall to advance. North Lawndale gets a shot at No. 6 St. Joseph on Wednesday night in the Westinghouse Sectional semifinal. 
10. Marian Catholic (11) (23-5) — The Spartans appear to be peaking at the right time as they had convincing wins over Richards and St. Rita in Class 4A. Marian Catholic's biggest game of the season comes Tuesday at the Bloom Sectional when they play No. 1 Simeon.
11. Whitney Young (13) (19-8) — The Dolphins were able to win a Class 4A regional at home with wins over Schurz and De La Salle. Whitney Young now moves on to the loaded Riverside-Brookfield Sectional, where they'll play No. 5 Curie on Tuesday.
12. Orr (15) (20-3) — Orr continues to roll through Class 2A as they knocked off DePaul Prep and Uplift to advance to supersectional play this week. The Spartans will play Hales in the Joliet Central Supersectional on Tuesday night for a chance to go to Peoria. 
13. Vocational (16) (21-8) — Although they were buried in the Red-South this season, the Cavaliers won the Class 3A Brooks regional with wins over Urban Prep-Englewood and Brooks. Vocational gets a third crack at conference rival No. 7 Bogan on Wednesday night in the St. Laurence Sectional. 
14. Thornton (17) (24-3) — Thornton was able to win a Class 4A regional at home as they beat Shepard and outlasted Bloom in an overtime thriller. The Wildcats move on to the Bloom Sectional as they face No. 23 Crete-Monee on Wednesday night. 
15. Deerfield (18) (27-3) — Deerfield needed a buzzer-beater to beat Lake Forest for a Class 4A regional title, but they'll take it as they advance to the Glenbrook South Sectional this week. The Warriors play No. 18 Stevenson on Wednesday night. 
16. Evanston (19) (23-5) — After the losing streak to close the regular season, Evanston got back on track with wins over Glenbrook South and Niles North as they now advance to the Class 4A Glenbrook South Sectional. The Wildkits get a tough one with No. 17 Notre Dame on Tuesday night.
17. Notre Dame (21) (23-6) — Notre Dame needed a late comeback to top Loyola on the road for a Class 4A regional title, but they got it done as they move on to the Glenbrook South Sectional. The Dons will face Evanston on Tuesday night, a team they lost to, 71-64, on Nov. 27.
18. Stevenson (22) (24-6) — Stevenson continues to play its best basketball of the season lately as they beat Highland Park and Maine South in convincing fashion for a Class 4A regional title. Now, the Patriots get No. 15 Deerfield in the Glenbrook South Sectional on Wednesday.
19. Hillcrest (23) (22-6) — Hillcrest moved on to sectional play in Class 3A as they won the Thornridge Sectional with wins over Thornridge and Rich South. The Hawks will now face Plano in a Streator Sectional semifinal game on Tuesday.
20. Prairie Ridge (24) (25-3) — Prairie Ridge won its first regional title since 2007 as they continue a red-hot stretch. The Wolves beat Belvidere North and Rockford Jefferson to win a Class 4A regional and now they play Rockford Auburn in the Rockford Sectional on Wednesday.
21. Glenbard West (25) (25-3) — Glenbard West set a record for wins in a season by capturing its first regional title since 2008. The Hilltoppers beat Proviso West and Hinsdale Central as they move on to the East Aurora Sectional, where they face York on Wednesday night.
22. Proviso East (NR) (18-8) — Head coach Donnie Boyce is back on the sidelines as the Pirates beat St. Ignatius and Riverside-Brookfield to win a Class 4A regional title. The Pirates will try to take down No. 4 Kenwood on Wednesday night. 
23. Crete-Monee (NR) (20-8) — Crete-Monee enters the @CSNPreps Power Rankings after knocking off Argo and Homewood-Flossmoor for a Class 4A regional title. The Warriors face one of the best teams in the South suburbs on Wednesday night when they play Thornton in the Bloom Sectional. 
24. Mount Carmel (NR) (24-7) — The Caravan continued to pile up wins as they beat Solorio and Mount Carmel in Class 3A this week. Mount Carmel will get a crack at No. 3 Morgan Park on Tuesday night in the St. Laurence Sectional. 
25. Hinsdale South (NR) (22-9) — Hinsdale South took care of business in the Glenbard East in Class 4A, beating Metea Valley and Downers South by double digits to take home a regional title. Things get tougher for Barret Benson and company in the East Aurora Sectional as Hinsdale South plays No. 8 Benet on Tuesday. 

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.

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

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Palatine's Eduardo Orozco

Saint Xavier Team of the Week: Maine West girls basketball


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

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

Five ranked matchups lead a loaded edition of High School Lites

High School Lites has a huge lineup in place for this week's show as we'll feature five matchups between top-25 teams. With the Public League Playoff semifinals, Catholic League Blue, CSL South and SouthWest Suburban Blue. 

Catch the newest edition of High School Lites this Friday night at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Chicago. 

Public League Semifinals at Chicago State

No. 2 Orr vs. No. 3 Curie, 5 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the first semifinal puts these two top-3 teams against each other. Curie (23-3, 8-1) won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season as they were playing without senior guard Maurice Commander. Junior guard Marquise Walker and senior big men Traevon and Tyree Martin stepped up in that one. Orr (22-3, 9-0) has been on a roll lately as seniors Raekwon Drake, Dannie Smith, Ty Mosley and Chase Adams are playing at a high level. 

No. 1 Simeon vs. No. 4 Whitney Young, 7 p.m. -- The second semifinal puts two Public League titans against each other. The Wolverines (23-3, 9-0) will be the favorite as they're still unbeaten against Illinois competition. Senior Talen Horton-Tucker is the leading Player of the Year candidate and he's surrounded by talented teammates. Whitney Young (22-6, 7-2) earned a huge quarterfinal win over Morgan Park earlier this week as the Dolphins are playing with a lot of confidence. Seniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda are experienced while sophomore Tyler Beard has elevated his play.

Friday's Other Games

No. 9 New Trier at No. 6 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. -- A huge rematch in the CSL South that could ultimately decide a tight conference race. Evanston (20-4, 8-1) won the first matchup in overtime on the road on Jan. 12 as they've won six straight games. New Trier (20-3, 7-1) has won 10 straight games since that loss to the Wildkits as they picked up an important overtime win over Maine South earlier this week.  

No. 8 Fenwick at No. 10 Loyola, 7:00 p.m. -- Two Catholic League powers battle here. Fenwick (17-7, 7-0) is trying to stay unbeaten in the conference as they picked up a win over Marmion earlier this week. Loyola (21-5, 5-2) has dropped two straight games on the road but the Ramblers are still trying to gain some momentum before the postseason starts. 

No. 18 Bolingbrook at No. 23 Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the top teams in the SouthWest Suburban Blue face in this one. The Vikings (15-6, 5-1) have recent wins over Hillcrest and Lincoln-Way East as they've been playing better basketball the past few weeks. The Raiders (17-5, 5-2) won the first matchup between these two teams on Jan. 19 as they beat Sandburg in their last game. After a 10-day layoff, it'll be interesting to see how Bolingbrook looks in such an important game. 

Lockport at Sandburg, 6:00 p.m. -- We stay in the SouthWest Suburban Blue in this one as Sandburg look to get back on track. The Eagles (15-8, 2-5) have dropped two straight games, including a recent loss to Bolingbrook. Lockport (7-14, 1-6) recently knocked off Bolingbrook but they've also lost two straight heading into this one. Sandburg won the first matchup between these two teams with an overtime win on Jan. 19. 

Thornridge at Andrew, 6:30 p.m. --  Heading over into the SouthWest Suburban Red, Andrew tries to stay ahead of the pack for the league title. The Thunderbolts (16-8, 8-2) have won three straight games as they won on the road at Thornridge on Jan. 12. Thornridge (14-9, 3-6) has gone on a lot of runs this season as they've won two straight on the road after a five-game losing streak. 

Richards at Shepard, 7:00 p.m. -- Two of the best teams in the South Suburban Red matchup here. Shepard (15-7, 7-4) lost to Oak Lawn last week to snap a seven-game winning streak. Richards (11-12, 8-3) has played significantly better lately after a slow start. Both of these teams are battling with Oak Lawn for league supremacy. 

Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week

No. 20 Joliet Central at Oswego East, 6:30 p.m. -- Our Viewers' Choice Game of the Week heads to the Southwest Prairie. Joliet Central (19-4, 11-0) is trying to go unbeaten in league play as they've won three straight games. Oswego East (16-7, 8-3) is coming off a big win over Romeoville earlier this week. The Steelmen won this first matchup between these two teams on Dec. 15.