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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.


Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games


Bulls announce substitute broadcasters for first five Neil Funk-less games

If you haven't heard, Neil Funk is cutting 20 road games from his 2018-19 Bulls' play-by-play schedule.

Friday, the Bulls announced that Adam Amin, Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper will fill in for Funk for the first five of those games.

Amin, a play-by-play commentator for ESPN, will games on Oct. 22 against the Mavericks and Nov. 14 against the Celtics. He grew up in Addison, resides in Chicago and also does play-by-play for Bears preseason games.

Demetra is from Oak Brook and currently is the play-by-play broadcaster for Georgia Tech basketball and football. He will call games on Oct. 26 against the Hornets and Oct. 27 against the Hawks. He has previous play-by-play experience with the SEC Network, Pac-12 Network and Fox Sports South.

Draper will call the Bulls' Nov. 7 game against the Pelicans. He is the Celtics' pregame and postgame host for NBC Sports Boston and an occasional play-by-play annoucer and sideline reporter for the Celtics.

The Bulls said they will continue providing updates on substitute broadcasters as they are scheduled.