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IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA boys basketball state playoff highlights are coming to CSN and on Tuesday night as we'll have cameras all over the state for six of the eight super-sectional games.

Below we preview all eight super-sectional games in Class 3A and Class 4A as you can catch these highlights streaming on at 11 p.m.

These highlights will also air on TV as CSN Fast Break has the same highlights at 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning with re-runs airing all Wednesday morning on CSN and CSN+. 

Class 4A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

Whitney Young vs. Evanston, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago State -- This will be a tremendous matchup as the Dolphins and Wildkits are both playing great ball. Whitney Young (24-7) is a legitimate Class 4A state title contender as Lucas Williamson, Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda is a very talented perimeter trio. Evanston (28-3) is one of the most balanced teams in the state as senior Nojel Eastern is playing some of his best basketball of the season. 

Fremd vs. Jacobs, 8:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- These two teams are a combined 60-1 as this is a huge game for both conferences. The Vikings (30-0) are coming off a dramatic buzzer-beating win over Conant as Kyle Sliwa continues to be one of the area's most clutch players. Jacobs (30-1) knocked off Larkin in sectional play as senior big man Cameron Krutwig, a Loyola commit, nearly had a quadruple-double. 

Bolingbrook vs. Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. at NIU -- Bolingbrook is still unbeaten at full strength this season as they're peaking at the right time once again. The Raiders (28-1) had a dramatic comeback win over Joliet West to win a sectional title as senior Nana Akenten (Nebraska) leads the deepest team left in the field. Naperville North (25-5) is not a team to be taken lightly. The Huskies have wins over Wheaton-Warrenville South and Evanston this season as senior Mitch Lewis is one of the area's more underrated players. 

Other games in Class 4A

Edwardsville vs. Simeon, 7:00 p.m. at ISU -- This could very well be considered the Class 4A state title game as these might be the two best teams in Illinois. The Wolverines are playing great ball lately as they've recently taken down Marist and Thornton in impressive fashion. Senior Evan Gilyard and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker form a talented trio that is leading the way for a deep and balanced team. Edwardsville counters with Mr. Basketball favorite Mark Smith as the unsigned senior is having a monster final season. 

Class 3A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

St. Viator vs. Fenwick, 6:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- The Friars (28-4) will be the heavy favorite in this one against St. Viator (15-16) as they have one of the most balanced teams left. Fenwick has talented seniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon while freshman D.J. Steward has emerged as one of the area's most productive newcomers. St. Viator is below .500 but they went 6-3 in a rugged ESCC to prepare for games like this. 

Marengo vs. Bloomington, 6:00 p.m. at NIU -- Bloomington (25-4) has had high expectations all season long while playing in events filled with Chicago-area teams like the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and the Martin Luther King event at Wheaton-Warrenville South. They face Marengo (25-7) as the Indians are coming off a strong season in the Kiswaukee Valley.

Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7:00 p.m. at Joliet Central -- Morgan Park (23-6) will be the favorites in this one behind junior guard Ayo Dosunmu as he's been one of the area's best players this season. Hillcrest (22-7) already lost to the Mustangs by 18 points in December at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament but they have played well recently to make another super-sectional appearance.

Other games in Class 3A

Centralia vs. Lanphier, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Convention Ctr. -- Lanphier (27-3) is getting great play from Yaakema Rose during the state tournament as they're going to be favored in this one. Centralia (22-9) has won six consecutive games as their defense has been very good during the state tournament. 

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 3 Simeon

School: Simeon

2016-17 record: 30-4, 8-2 Public League Red-South

Postseason results: Lost to Whitney Young in Class 4A Title Game

Players to watch: Senior Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State) is one of the area's premier two-way players. Senior forward Messiah Jones (Drake) is an elite leaper and rebounder. Talented junior guard KeJuan Clements is also back. The Wolverines also added some intriguing transfers in Xavier Pinson (St. Pat's) and Northwest Indiana native Zion Young. Both Pinson and Young have Division I interest and add even more perimeter firepower. 

Why they're in the power rankings: On paper, you could argue that Simeon is the most talented team in the state this season. The Wolverines have proven veterans who have won city titles and Division I transfers at multiple positions. But how will all of the pieces fit together? This is a fascinating group with a high ceiling.

Did you know? Making it back to Peoria last season, Simeon has now made 13 state finals appearances.

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 4 Orr

2016-17 record: 23-5, 8-2 Public League Red-West

Postseason results: Won Class 2A State Championship.

Players to watch: Seniors Dannie Smith and Raekwon Drake are both major All-Area threats after strong junior seasons. Another senior, Ty Mosley, might actually be the best long-term college prospect of the group as he's pledged to Milwaukee for next season. Sharpshooter Brian Hernandez is another seasoned veteran who has a knack for making big plays.

Why they're in the power rankings: The Spartans return most of last season's Class 2A title team and they also added some key transfers in former Marian Catholic point guard Chase Adams and former Clark wing Demarius Splunge. While the Spartans should be the heavy favorites to repeat in Class 2A, they haven't made as much noise in the Public League Playoffs, which is why they're still behind some of the other schools in the preseason Power Rankings.

Did you know? Orr was absolutely dominant during its Class 2A title run last March as the Spartans won by an average of 21 points. Only one team, Uplift, even played Orr to within single digits and that was still a nine-point margin of victory.