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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com
1 Simeon (28-1)

Results: Defeated Oak Lawn 63-25 and Vocational 54-30

This Week: Tuesday vs. Whitney Young (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Jabari Parker and Steve Taylor keep the Wolverines rolling. A great rivalry matchup between two Red-West schools is on deck.

2 Proviso East (28-0)

Results: Defeated Hoffman Estates 63-48 and Glenbard North 51-48

This Week: Tuesday vs. Lake Park (4A Schaumburg Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Good free throw shooting late in the fourth quarter against Glenbard North keeps the Pirates undefeated.

3 Warren (24-3)

Results: Defeated Hersey 65-50 and Stevenson 57-47

This Week: Tuesday vs. Lake Forest (4A Barrington Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Nathan Boothe and Darius Paul came up big down the stretch against Stevenson. Another North Suburban-Lake foe awaits.

4 Plainfield East (27-1)
Results: Defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 51-42 and Neuqua Valley 47-45

This Week: Tuesday vs. West Aurora (4A East Aurora Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Brian Bennetts double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against N-V was one of the keys in helping the Bengals advance.

5 Bogan (26-3)

Results: Defeated Mount Carmel 65-64 and De La Salle 79-63

This Week: Wednesday vs. Marist (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Devaughn Johnsons 23 points, part of which coming in a key 25-11 run in the first half, helped offset the 42 scored by De La Salles Alvin Ellis.

6 Andrew (24-2)

Results: Defeated Lincoln-Way Central 54-37 and Marian Catholic 28-25

This Week: Wednesday vs. Homewood-Flossmoor (4A Lockport Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Thunderbolts overcame M-Cs slow tempo to win the schools first boys basketball regional title since 1990.

7 Elgin (25-3)

Results: Defeated South Elgin 41-21 and St. Charles East 57-52

This Week: Wednesday vs. McHenry (4A Dundee-Crown Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Back-to-back regional titles for the Maroons, who got a huge game from Kory Brown (24 points, 12 rebounds) against East.

8 Downers Grove South (23-5)

Results: Defeated Oswego East 69-68 and Hinsdale Central 64-51

This Week: Wednesday vs. Metea Valley (4A East Aurora Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Kevin Honn (20 points) and Jamall Millison (17) help propel the Mustangs into sectional play.

9 Huntley (26-3)

Results: Defeated DeKalb 40-37 and Larkin 46-42

This Week: Tuesday vs. Rockford-Auburn (4A Dundee-Crown Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: A huge challenge is in the cards for the Red Raiders: Auburns point guard and Wichita State recruit-- Fred Van Vleet.

10 Bloom (26-3)

Results: Defeated T.F. North 41-37 and Sandburg 40-37

This Week: Tuesday vs. Thornton (4A Lockport Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Blazing Trojans overcame a 12-point deficit against Sandburg and pulled off another close victory. Donald Moore continues to excel.

11 Hillcrest (23-5)

Results: Defeated Evergreen Park 65-53 and Brooks 79-66

This Week: Tuesday vs. Providence (3A Rich East Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Hawks cannot overlook the 17-10 Celtics, who defeated a 25-win Lemont team to advance to Tuesdays semifinal.

12 St. Ignatius (23-5)

Results: Defeated Hope 78-64 and South Shore 79-49

This Week: Tuesday vs. DuSable (3A St. Ignatius Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Wolfpack cruise past regionals and now get sectionals on their home floor. Life is good for coach Rick Kehoe and company.

13 Marshall (22-7)

Results: Defeated Montini 60-45 and Westinghouse 77-60

This Week: Wednesday vs. St. Joseph (3A Glenbard South Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Cris Craig, Milton Doyle, Korbin McClain and Tyrone Hilton all reached double-figures for the Commandos against Westinghouse.

14 New Trier (23-5)

Results: Defeated Niles West 39-35 and Foreman 65-41

This Week: Tuesday vs. Evanston (4A Glenbrook South Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: A scare against Niles West, a blowout, and now a change to avenge a regular season upset by their biggest north shore rival.

15 Marist (25-5)

Results: Defeated Brother Rice 76-61 and Curie 63-62

This Week: Wednesday vs. Bogan (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Lexus Williams three with two seconds left stuns Curie and gives the Redhawks their ninth win in a row.

16 Curie (25-3)

Results: Defeated Reavis 76-42; Lost to Marist 63-62

This Week: Season Over

Hoops Talk: This was the Condors only loss to an opponent not named Simeon. 6-9 Cliff Alexander should have an outstanding junior season in 12-13.

17 Whitney Young (16-9)

Results: Defeated Richards 60-39 and St. Rita 64-56

This Week: Tuesday vs. Simeon (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Now that the Dolphins are starting to get healthy, can they get revenge on Simeons 62-55 win back on December 22?

18 Seton (27-4)

Results: Defeated Herscher 59-48 and Leo 48-38

This Week: Tuesday vs. Providence-St. Mel (2A Joliet Central Super-Sectional)

Hoops Talk: The Sting won the state championship in 2009. A well-balanced lineup could have them going back to Peoria at weeks end.

19 St. Joseph (20-8)

Results: Defeated Glenbard South 68-65 and Farragut 58-50 OT

This Week: Wednesday vs. Marshall (3A Glenbard South Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Reggie Johnson (13 points, six steals, five blocks) and the Chargers overcame 26 points and 11 boards from Farraguts Rashaun Stimage.

20 North Chicago (21-6)

Results: Defeated Fenton 87-41 and Elmwood Park 71-54

This Week: Tuesday vs. Grayslake Central (3A Grayslake Central Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Warhawks, paced by Illinois State recruit Aaron Simpson, have had G-Cs number. But how will they fare on the Rams home floor?

Looming & Lurking: Wheaton St. Francis, Thornton, Metea Valley, Mundelein, St. Viator, Oak Park, Grayslake Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Ridgewood, Niles North, Orr, De La Salle, Thornwood, Farragut, Riverside-Brookfield, North Shore Country Day, Providence-St. Mel, Hope Academy, York, Grant, Yorkville, St. Patrick.

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

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

It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel

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It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel

Over the last couple seasons we've had some fun on our Bulls Pregame Live shows with the ever-changing cast of characters at the point guard position. We even brought the point guard roulette wheel to the show a couple years ago when Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Canaan, Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne all saw significant time at the position.

Grant began last season as the starter, followed by Kris Dunn and Payne with a little Ryan Arcidiacono mixed in.

But this season was supposed to be different. Dunn showed enough in his 52 game stint (13.4 points, 6 assists per game) in 2017-18 that he entered training camp as the unquestioned starter, with Payne and Arcidiacono as backups. The front office and coaching staff expected the 3rd year guard out of Providence to establish himself as a quality starter with elite skills at the defensive end.

Now, after playing just one regular season game, Dunn has been sidelined again, this time with a sprained left MCL suffered in his debut at Dallas Monday night. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action, which should get him back on the court sometime in early December, right about the same time Lauri Markkanen is expected to return from his elbow injury.

So, what does Fred Hoiberg do now? Initially, you can expect Payne to replace Dunn in the starting lineup, with newly signed Shaq Harrison getting a look in the backup role. In case you don't know much about Harrison, he's an undrafted four-year player out of Tulsa, who spent most of the last two seasons in the NBA G-League. Like Dunn, Harrison is a physical 6'4" defense-first player who should be able to pressure some of the elite point guards the Bulls will face in the coming weeks. The front office showed their level of interest in Harrison's potential by signing him to a two-year NBA contract which includes a guaranteed salary for this season.

The Bulls also signed former Marian Catholic H.S. star Tyler Ulis to a two-way contract after he was released by Golden State in the final cutdown. Ulis started 58 games for Phoenix over the last two seasons, and is lightning quick in the open court. Problem is, he's generously listed at 5'10" which could create some serious issues at the defensive end.

And then there's always Arcidiacono, a Hoiberg favorite who's fundamentally sound, a solid defender and a decent outside shooter. Arcidiacono didn't play in Dallas Monday with Dunn back as the starter and it will be interesting to see how he's used with the coaching staff searching for answers at the position.

From my perspective, the Bulls' best option might be not going with a point guard at all in the starting lineup. Zach LaVine is on the hottest offensive streak of his young career, and he's most effective with the ball in his hands. LaVine played a lot of point guard during his rookie season in Minnesota, and he's more than capable of pushing the ball in transition.

Yes, I know having LaVine defend some of the high-scoring point guards around the league is not an ideal formula for success. The Bulls could move Justin Holiday to the shooting guard position, and see if he can match up defensively against opposing point guards. Again, not ideal.

The Bulls will be facing the likes of Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Steph Curry and Chris Paul over the next week and a half, and going without a true point guard might create defensive issues that are impossible to overcome. That's why you should expect to see Harrison take on a significant role in the upcoming games, since he's the only point guard currently available on the roster that has the physical skills to replicate in some fashion what Dunn brings on the defensive end.

Any way you look at it, the Bulls will be in survival mode over the next six weeks, trying to scratch out as many wins as they can until Markkanen and Dunn are healthy enough to get back on the court.