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High School Lites preview: Week 7

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High School Lites preview: Week 7

High School Lites has a lot of enticing conference matchups on the show this week as we have Chicagoland covered with games from the CSL South, ESCC, DVC, Red-West, NSC Lake, Upstate Eight and Catholic League South.

Benet and Notre Dame will be featured in a matchup of ranked teams and we'll also have a feature on Hinsdale South senior center and Northwestern commit Barret Benson. The Marmion wrestling team will also be featured as our Team of the Week.

High School Lites will air this week at 11 p.m. on CSN and stream on CSNChicago.com.

Thursday's games

Maine South at No. 7 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. - This Central Suburban South rivalry has been fun to watch the last few years as the top two teams in the league battle again. Evanston (12-2, 4-0) is the league favorite behind star junior guard Nojel Eastern and his talented supporting cast that is plenty capable without him on the floor. Maine South (12-4, 3-1) had a loss to New Trier recently and will look to bounce back with a big conference road win to put them back in the title picture.

No. 12 Notre Dame at No. 10 Benet, 7:00 p.m. - An important one in the East Suburban Catholic Conference as Benet (12-2, 1-1) hosts Notre Dame (11-3, 1-1). Both of these teams played state title contender Fenwick last week with the Redwings pulling out the victory. Notre Dame is one of the taller teams in the area and pose an interesting matchup for Benet in this one.

Friday's games

Naperville Central at No. 14 Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. - In the battle of Naperville, North hosts Central as these two co-conference leaders do battle in the DuPage Valley Conference. Naperville North (11-3,, 4-1) was impressive this holiday season as they've won six of their last seven games. Naperville Central has lost three straight games after a great start and they'll look to turn things around in this rivalry game.

Farragut at No. 16 Whitney Young, 6:00 p.m. - Whitney Young hosts Farragut in a Red-West battle as these two teams played on Dec. 12 with the Dolphins winning on the road. The Admirals (12-5, 2-4) have dropped three consecutive games since winning a holiday tournament in Missouri while Whitney Young (9-4, 3-1) has looked strong lately playing good competition from all over the country.

[MORE PREPS: CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings - Week 7]

Indian Creek at Newark, 7:00 p.m. - In our Viewers' Choice Game, the host Norsemen (16-2, 4-0) take on the Timberwolves (11-3, 3-0) in a battle for the top spot in the Little Ten conference. Newark is coming off an 84-49 win at Seneca, while I-C was victorious over Polo on Tuesday, 57-41.

No. 21 Zion-Benton at Mundelein, 7:00 p.m. - Zion-Benton (11-4, 3-1) entered the @CSNPreps Power Rankings after knocking off Libertyville and Lake Zurich and they'll go on the road in the North Suburban Lake to face Mundelein (1-13, 0-4).

Mount Carmel at Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m. - A great rivalry takes place on the hardwood as two of the Catholic South's best collide. Mount Carmel (12-4, 4-0) will put their unbeaten conference mark on the line when they go on the road to face Brother Rice (11-6, 3-1). The Caravan have spent time in the Power Rankings this season while Brother Rice won the Luther North Holiday Tournament and is a factor under first-year head coach Bobby Frasor.

Glenbard East at West Chicago, 7:00 p.m. - Two of the best teams in the Upstate Eight Valley as Glenbard East tries to catch up with West Chicago. Glenbard East (8-6, 2-1) is trying to bounce back after a subpar holiday season while West Chicago (13-3, 3-0) is riding a three-game winning streak. These two teams play again at Glenbard East on Feb. 9.

Stevenson at Libertyville, 7:00 p.m. - The North Suburban Lake is wide open and these two middle-of-the-pack teams will try to make a move on Friday night. Stevenson (9-4, 3-1) has some puzzling losses this season as they try to earn a nice road win at Libertyville and junior wing Justin Smith is showing positive signs this season. Libertyville (9-6, 2-3) has a talented team and a promising sophomore in Drew Peterson.

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

Highlights

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.