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IHSA Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview


IHSA Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

Tuesday marks super-sectional play in the IHSA boys basketball tournament as Class 3A and Class 4A is starting to wind down.

CSN Chicago will feature a special edition of “High School Lites” within Tuesday night’s 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central. We'll have highlights, scores and postgame interviews from the Class 3A & 4A Super-Sectionals. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter at @CSNPreps for the latest updates from across the state.

CSN and will also be home to all of the IHSA state semifinals and finals this weekend in Peoria as Class 3A and Class 4A action finishes up. For more information, as well our channel finder, click on this link here. High School Lites will air on Saturday night this week as the season finale will air at 11 p.m. on CSN and streaming on
Morgan Park (26-3) vs. Lincoln-Way West (20-9), Joliet Central Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
Morgan Park attempts to make it to Peoria for the fourth consecutive season as they'll be the heavy favorite against Lincoln-Way West. The Mustangs are led by Player of the Year favorite Charlie Moore, a Memphis commit who is having an outstanding senior season. Lincoln-Way West will counter with junior Marco Pettinato, who has scored the ball at a high rate this season. 
St. Joseph (24-8) vs. Ridgewood (18-12), Hoffman Estates Super-Sectional, 6:00 p.m.
Defending Class 3A champion St. Joseph is in position to make it back to Peoria as they will be the heavy favorite at the Sears Centre against Ridgewood. The Chargers are led by the state's top unsigned senior in center Nick Rakocevic while Ridgewood beat St. Patrick on a buzzer-beater to make it this far. 
Rockford Boylan (31-2) vs. Peoria Manual (25-4), DeKalb Super-Sectional, 6:00 p.m.
These two first played each other in January with Boylan taking home a 76-64 win. The Titans are tied for the most wins in school history as they're led by under-the-radar guard Zach Couper, a 6-foot-4 junior. Peoria Manual has a talented roster led by junior Da'Monte Williams, an Illinois commit and top-75 national prospect. Juniors A.J. Youngman and Romon Douglas-Watkins are also drawing Division I interest. 
Belleville Althoff (29-2) vs. Springfield Southeast (24-6), Springfield Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
The top team in Class 3A, Belleville Althoff, battles Springfield Southeast in the final Class 3A super-sectional. Althoff is looking to go back to Peoria for the second straight season as they're arguably the state's most talented team. Seniors Tarkus Ferguson (UIC) and Brendon Gooch (Southern Illinois) will both stay in Illinois to play college basketball while the team's top college prospect is junior Jordan Goodwin. Springfield Southeast is coming off of a huge win over Lanphier as they're led by guard D'Angelo Hughes. 
Benet (29-3) vs. Joliet West (21-9), DeKalb Super-Sectional, 7:30 p.m.
The second game at Northern Illinois will be a rematch of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as these two teams played in late December with Joliet West winning 59-53. Benet has only lost to Notre Dame since then, as the Redwings have been one of the hottest teams in the area. Joliet West has a lot of young talent and they're a year ahead of schedule in terms of playing in a game of this magnitude. 
Curie (25-5) vs. Notre Dame (25-6), Evanston Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
For as good as Curie has been the past few years, they've never played in a super-sectional until now. The Condors face a red-hot Notre Dame team that is peaking at the right time. Two of the deepest teams in the state, this one could come down to how Curie senior point guard and DePaul commit Devin Gage plays. The Dons are one of the biggest teams in the state and their length could slow down Gage.
Conant (23-6) vs. Rockford Auburn (24-6), Hoffman Estates Super-Sectional, 8:00 p.m.
The second game at the Sears Centre on Tuesday features Mid-Suburban League champions Conant taking on Rockford Auburn. The Cougars are led by junior guard Jimmy Sotos and have a lot of young big men as their defense is one of the best in the area. Rockford Auburn is led by senior guard Trayvon Taylor as they play a trapping defense that tries to force a lot of turnovers. 
Simeon (28-3) vs. United Township (24-6), Illinois State Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
It's weird to think that Simeon hasn't been to Peoria since 2013, but that's the case as the Wolverines try to take down United Township. Simeon is led by senior Zach Norvell, a Gonzaga commit who has had an outstanding senior season. United Township will be the heavy underdog but their top player, Tray Buchanan, is a junior who started his high school career at Simeon. 

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.