CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings


CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell

1 Simeon (5-0)

Results: Defeated Carver 79-23 (Wed.), Brighton,TN 87-57 (Sat.)

This Week: Monday vs. Perspectives-Calumet, Wednesday vs. Corliss, Thursday vs. Whitney Young

Hoops Talk: College coaches Roy Williams, Johnny Dawkins and Buzz Williams were in attendance at Wednesdays game.

2 Proviso East (7-0)
Results: Defeated Hinsdale South 74-58 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Could Curie transfer Paris Burns transform the Pirates fab four (Brown, Carroll, Carter and Lee) into a fab five?

3 Warren (7-1)

Results: Defeated Lake Forest 58-47

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Could the Blue Devils give Simeon a run at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament?

4 Curie (6-0)

Results: Defeated Hyde Park 65-61 (Tue.), Hope 78-42 (Thu.)

This Week: Tuesday vs. Robeson

Hoops Talk: Devin Foster stepped up Tuesday (23 points) in one of the biggest and most hyped Public League games of the year so far.

5 Downers Grove South (7-1)

Results: Defeated Willowbrook 86-41

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Sophomore PG Danny Spinuzza starting to make some noise. Mustangs now focus on defending the title at Yorks Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament.

6 Bogan (8-0)

Results: Defeated Vocational 68-38 (Wed.), Carver 75-42 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Center Devonte Smith and guard Juwan Henry have come up big for the Bengals.

7 De La Salle (7-1)

Results: Defeated Hales 73-60 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: 6-9 junior center Gavin Schilling scored 19 points Friday night, 14 points via dunks. Alex Foster added 20 points and 11 boards.

8 New Trier (9-1)

Results: Defeated Waukegan 54-53 (Fri.), Prosser 48-32 (Sat.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Austin Angels clutch shooting on Friday and Connor Boehms dominance Saturday have the Trevians cruising into the Proviso West tourney.

9 Whitney Young (2-1)

Results: Lost to Orr 45-29 (Wed.), defeated Milbrook, NC 51-35 (Sat.)

This Week: Monday at Westinghouse, Wednesday at Manley, Thursday vs. Simeon

Hoops Talk: No rest for a Dolphins team that is battling injuries. Thursdays tilt against the top-ranked Wolverines will be played at the UIC Pavilion.

10 Andrew (6-0)

Results: Defeated Bradley-Bourbonnais 55-30 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Focus now shifts to the Kankakee Holiday Tournament.

11 Bloom (8-0)

Results: Defeated Leo 54-42 (Sat.)

This Week: Tuesday at Rich East

Hoops Talk: Donald Moore continues to impress. He leads all scorers with 23 Saturday night. LJ Johnson added 13.

12 Plainfield East (7-0)

Results: Defeated Minooka 54-53 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: DesNique Harris scored 14 points in a pivotal 21-4 run to give the Bengals momentum Friday. Harris finished with 22.

13 Seton (11-0)

Results: Defeated St. Francis de Sales, 99-72 (Fri.)

This Week: Friday at Morton (IN)

Hoops Talk: The Sting forced 20 steals against the Pioneers Saturday while Mark Weems (24 points) carried the load on the offensive side of the court.

14 Crane (3-2)

Results: Defeated North Lawndale 65-64 OT (Wed.)

This Week: Monday at Raby, Wednesday at Farragut

Hoops Talk: Markee Williams hit the game winner Wednesday. It was only the second lead of the game for the Cougars.

15 Homewood-Flossmoor (7-2)

Results: Defeated Lincoln-Way East 60-45 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Call it revenge? Tim Williams (as H-F QB) couldnt get past the Griffins on the football field. He dropped 19 points on them Friday.

16 West Aurora (7-1)

Results: Defeated Glenbard North 66-52 (Fri.), East Aurora 73-42 (Sat.)

This Week: Friday at Alexis (United)

Hoops Talk: 215th meeting of West vs. East goes to the Blackhawks, who now lead the series 128-87. Jayquan Lee and Joshua McAuley each scored 11.

17 Elgin (8-1)

Results: Defeated Burlington Central 73-41 (Tue.), St. Charles East 55-39 (Fri.)

This Week: Elgin Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Kory Brown and Arie Williams have the Maroons thinking big. Elgin tourney includes Batavia, Neuqua Valley & Buffalo Grove, among others.

18 Notre Dame (9-2)

Results: Defeated Niles West 60-49 (Tue.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: The bench came up big for Tom Les and company Tuesday night. The Wheeling Hardwood Classic awaits.

19 North Chicago (6-1)

Results: Defeated Lakes 90-86 2OT (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Fridays double overtime thriller goes to the Warhawks, who got 31 points from Aaron Simpson.

20 Metea Valley (9-0)

Results: Defeated Neuqua Valley 67-61 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled.

Hoops Talk: Another game, another landmark win on a rivals home floor for the Mustangs. The skys the limit for them in the new year.

Looming & Lurking: Morton, Farragut, Glenbrook North, Stevenson, Libertyville, Harlan, St. Ignatius, St. Viator, Hope, St. Rita, Oak Park, Mundelein, Crystal Lake Central, Foreman.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner calls out team defense plus Mike Gapski on his 2500 games with the Blackhawks

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Robin Lehner calls out team defense plus Mike Gapski on his 2500 games with the Blackhawks

Another night and another awful showing by the Blackhawks team defense, and this time, Robin Lehner let the team hear about it. Pat Boyle, Adam Burish and Scott King discuss the Blackhawks' ugly loss to the Coyotes and whether there should be some more line mixing happening soon. Plus, head athletic trainer Mike Gapski took part in his 2500th game with the Blackhawks and he sat down with Pat Foley 1-on-1 to re-live his 33 years with the organization.

1:13 - The odd-man rushes are piling up against this defense

5:54 - Is the power play getting going kinda maybe a little bit?

7:43 - Should Jeremy Colliton mix up the lines once again?

9:20 - The Kirby Dach playing-time dilemma

13:45 - Celebrating Mike Gapski's 2500 games with the Blackhawks

17:00 - Pat Foley's 1-on-1 interview with Mike Gapski

Listen here or via the embedded player below:

Blackhawks Talk Podcast


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Chris Simms says Bears are a dangerous team entering Week 15

Chris Simms says Bears are a dangerous team entering Week 15

The Bears have completely flipped the narrative of their 2019 season over the last three weeks, thanks in large part to Matt Nagy's offense finally resembling the 202-level that was promised last summer.

It may have taken quarterback Mitch Trubisky a little longer than expected to arrive this year, but if his last two games are an indication of his development in his second season under Nagy's tutelage, the Bears have a bonafide quarterback. And it's been a while since that could be said.

"Mitchell Trubisky is hot, there's no doubt about it," NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms said Thursday. "He seems so much more comfortable. Decisive. He's accurate with the football. Running around at the proper time. I don't think it was all Mitchell Trubisky's fault with the struggles of the offense, either."

Those struggles spanned the first half of 2019 when Chicago seemed incapable of sustaining drives or scoring points. It began with Week 1's three-point output against the Packers and continued through Thanksgiving Day when Trubisky finally got his mojo back, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions.

With Trubisky clicking, and the running game receiving a jolt from rookie David Montgomery's productive back-to-back weeks (in which he's averaged more than four yards per carry in successive games for the first time all year), the Bears appear capable of beating just about anyone. 

They'll need to. If Chicago wants to keep their weak playoff pulse going, they have to win out. And that includes games against the Packers, Chiefs and Vikings. 

The odds seem stacked against them, and it's their own fault. It took way too long to get the offense going, but it's better late than never. 

According to Simms, the Bears are that team no one wants to play.

"They're a dangerous team right now. They really are."

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