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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 10

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CSN Preps Boys Basketball Power Rankings: Week 10

Now that we're getting closer to the state playoffs, the latest edition of the @CSNPreps Power Rankings has a lot of familiar faces. This week's action the Public League Playoffs and the Catholic League Tournament will give us plenty of chances to see ranked teams face very good competition as it gives us a taste of what the state playoffs are going to look like in a little under a month.

While the city has a lot of the spotlight during these tournaments, there are still plenty of great conference races to be decided in the next few weeks as well.

1. Morgan Park (1) (19-2, 9-1) - The Mustangs are still the top dog in the area and had impressive wins last week over No. 19 Orr and a Missouri power in Hazelwood Central. Morgan Park gets an intriguing second-round game against No. 21 Hyde Park in the Public League Playoffs.

2. Fenwick (2) (20-2, 9-0) - The favorites in the Catholic League Tournament, senior point guard Mike Smith is playing great ball and was named the conference's Player of the Year.

3. Simeon (3) (19-3, 9-1) - One of the favorites in the Public League Playoffs, the Wolverines rolled past Collins and have a matchup against Dunbar in the second round in which they should be heavily favored.

4. Evanston (4) (20-2, 8-0) - The Wildkits have won 12 straight games and could be the hottest team in the area. Junior guard Nojel Eastern is starting to hit his stride as a go-to player, but he has plenty of talented support.

5. Thornton (5) (18-1, 9-0) - Thornton is still unbeaten in the area after two solid wins over good team in Lincoln-Way West and Bradley-Bourbonnais. Although Tai Streets' ballclub is clearly among the area's best, they still need a signature win over a marquee opponent. 

6. Curie (6) (18-4, 8-2) - Curie will face No. 7 Bogan in the second round of the Public League Playoffs and that's a ridiculous game this early in the tournament when you consider how good both teams have played this season. 

7. Bogan (8) (17-6, 6-4) - The Bengals rolled past Urban-Prep West in their Public League Playoff opener and get another crack at a top-10 team in No. 6 Curie. Can Bogan get over the hump and make a run in the tournament?

8. Kenwood (7) (16-3, 9-1) - Kenwood is safely in the second round of the Public League Playoffs after beating Mather, but an ugly loss to Belleville Althoff leaves questions as to whether the Broncos are truly an elite team.

9. St. Joseph (9) (16-7, 8-1) - The Chargers are the No. 2 seed in the Catholic League Tournament and the semifinals are in their gym, so they're the favorites to potentially reach the finals on that side of the bracket.

10. Benet (10) (21-3, 5-1) - Benet doesn't play flashy and they win a lot of close games, but there's something to be said when you have 21 wins and are tied atop the deepest league in the area. The Redwings have a legitimate shot at winning the very difficult ESCC.

11. Riverside-Brookfield (13) (16-4, 8-0) - The Bulldogs haven't made a lot of headlines recently, but they still have the talent to make a major move in the Class 4A state playoffs. 

12. North Lawndale (15) (19-6, 8-2) - North Lawndale knocked off Carver in its Public League Playoff opener and get one of the second rounds more favorable matchups in DuSable. That could lead to a potential home game against No. 1 Morgan Park this weekend.

13. Whitney Young (16) (16-7, 8-2) - The Dolphins also have a favorable draw heading into the second round as they get a home game against King. A win and a Simeon win means the two storied rivals will meet in the quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs this weekend.

14. Marian Catholic (11) (17-5, 4-1) - Clinging to a one-game lead in the loaded ESCC, Marian Catholic laid an egg in an ugly loss to No. 24 Notre Dame. The Spartans still have a ton of talent but that loss is concerning. 

15. Homewood-Flossmoor (17) (16-5, 8-1) - The Vikings picked up two double-digits wins last week over Lincoln-Way East and Joliet Central. Some tough tests loom this week as Homewood-Flossmoor battles Bolingbrook and Joliet West.

16. Proviso East (18) (13-5, 7-1) - The red-hot Pirates have won eight straight games as they try to hold onto the lead in the West Suburban Gold. After beating rival Proviso West by two, the Pirates face Hinsdale South and Addison Trail this week.

17. Vocational (19) (18-7, 4-6) - Vocational needed a buzzer-beater to knock off Marshall in the first round of the Public League Playoffs, but they get a great opportunity to make some noise with a second round game against No. 8 Kenwood.

18. Naperville North (17-4, 10-1) - The Huskies had an eight-game winning streak snapped this weekend in a close loss to Bloomington but they're still beating everyone in the area that comes their way. Naperville North is another team that seems to do well in close games.

19. Orr (14) (16-3, 10-0) - Orr was bounced from the Public League Playoffs by No. 1 Morgan Park but they have an intriguing matchup with St. Charles North at Kaneland this weekend.

20. Deerfield (20) (21-3, 7-1) - Deerfield won a tight game over Highland Park and will be tested this week against Carmel and Niles North. That Niles North game is especially important for the Central Suburban North race.

21. Hyde Park (21) (18-6, 7-3) - Hyde Park continues to overcome injury as they blew out Foreman in the opening round of the Public League Playoffs. The Thunderbirds get a major test against No. 1 Morgan Park in the second round.

22. Hillcrest (22) (16-5, 10-0) - The Hawks are trying to close out the South Suburban Blue and they have a huge game with T.F. North on Wednesday to decide the league's top dog. 

23. St. Viator (24) (16-4, 4-1) - Here's a wild stat for you: St. Viator is 9-1 in games decided by five points or less. The only loss in those close games was a one-point loss to No. 10 Benet. The Lions haven't beaten many teams of substance, but they win close games and are tied atop the standings in the deepest league in the area.

24. Notre Dame (NR) (17-6, 3-3) - Re-entering the CSN Preps Power Rankings is Notre Dame, who earned an impressive win against No. 14 Marian Catholic. The Dons have some puzzling losses, but there is no doubting how talented they are when they're focused.

25. Glenbard West (NR) (19-2, 7-1) - Also re-entering the CSN Preps Power Rankings are the Hilltoppers, who picked up solid wins over Downers North and York last week. Alex Passi is starting to emerge as a very credible second option to Justin Pierce, making Glenbard West that much stronger.

2018 IHSA Football Playoff Pairings

2018 IHSA Football Playoff Pairings

The 2018 IHSA Football Playoff pairings have been unveiled as teams from all over the state begin their postseason journey. 

Be sure to check our Twitter, @NBCSPreps, or the IHSA's Twitter, @IHSAState, for the latest IHSA Football updates. 

EDGY TIM PICKS CLASS 5A AND 6A

EDGY TIM PICKS CLASS 7A AND 8A

PANEL PREDICTS THE STATE FINALS FOR ALL EIGHT CLASSES

CLASS 8A

CLASS 8A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Brother Rice (9-0) vs. 32. Zion-Benton (5-4)
16. Oak Park-River Forest (7-2) vs. 17. New Trier (7-2)
8. Warren (8-1) vs. 25. Neuqua Valley (6-3)
9. Hinsdale Central (7-2) vs. 24. Conant (6-3)
4. Homewood-Flossmoor (8-1) vs. 29. Fremd (5-4)
13. Oswego East (7-2) vs. 20. Barrington (6-3)
5. Marist (8-1) vs. 28. Stevenson (6-3)
12. Plainfield South (7-2) vs. 21. Naperville Central (6-3)
2. Lincoln-Way East (9-0) vs. 31. St. Charles East (5-4)
15. Bartlett (7-2) vs. 18. Glenbard West (7-2)
7. West Aurora (8-1) vs. 26. South Elgin (6-3)
10. Evanston (7-2) vs. 23. Edwardsville (6-3)
3. Oswego (9-0) vs. 30. Taft (5-4)
14. Minooka (7-2) vs. 19. Loyola (6-3)
6. Maine South (8-1) vs. 27. Huntley (6-3)
11. Bolingbrook (7-2) vs. 22. Waubonsie Valley (6-3)

CLASS 7A

CLASS 7A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Simeon (9-0) vs. 32. Rockford East (5-4)
16. Harlem (7-2) vs. 17. Lincoln-Way West (7-2)
8. Nazareth (8-1) vs. 25. Andrew (6-3)
9. Hersey (8-1) vs. 24. Lincoln-Way Central (6-3)
4. Batavia (9-0) vs. 29. Granite City (5-4)
13. Moline (8-1) vs. 20. Glenbrook North (7-2)
5. Willowbrook (9-0) vs. 28. Lincoln Park (5-4)
12. Maine West (8-1) vs. 21. Benet Academy (6-3)
2. Glenbard East (9-0) vs. 31. Prospect (5-4)
15. East St. Louis (7-2) vs. 18. Hoffman Estates (7-2)
7. Mount Carmel (8-1) vs. 26. T.F. South (6-3)
10. DeKalb (8-1) vs. 23. Lake Zurich (6-3)
3. Hononegah (9-0) vs. 30. Buffalo Grove (5-4) 
14. Wheaton Warrenville South (8-1) vs. 19. Belleville West (7-2)
6. Rolling Meadows (9-0) vs. 27. Alton (5-4)
11. Normal Community (8-1) vs. 27. St. Charles North (6-3) 

CLASS 6A

CLASS 6A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Cary-Grove (9-0) vs. 16. Wauconda (5-4)
8. Kaneland (6-3) vs. 9. Von Steuben (6-3)
4. Phillips (7-2) vs. 13. Lake Forest (5-4)
5. Prairie Ridge (7-2) vs. 12. Hinsdale South (6-3)
2. Antioch (9-0) vs. 15. Reavis (5-4)
7. Lakes (7-2) vs. 10 Belvidere North (6-3)
3. Kenwood (8-1) vs. 14. Crystal Lake South (5-4)
6. Niles Notre Dame (7-2) vs. 11. St. Ignatius (6-3)
1. Richards (9-0) vs. 16. Rock Island (5-4)
8. Yorkville (7-2) vs. 9. Dunlap (7-2)
4. Normal West (8-1) vs. 13. Peoria Notre Dame (6-3)
5. Shepard (7-2) vs. 12. Springfield (6-3)
2. Washington (9-0) vs. 15. Providence Catholic (5-4)
7. Sacred Heart-Griffin (7-2) vs. 10. Quincy (7-2)
3. Glenwood (8-1) vs. 14. Lemont (5-4)
6. Bloomington (7-2) vs. 11. Crete-Monee (6-3)

CLASS 5A

CLASS 5A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Payton (9-0) vs. 16. Evergreen Park (5-4)
8. Elmwood Park (7-2) vs. 9. Back of the Yards (6-3)
4. Montini (8-1) vs. 13. Woodstock North (5-4)
5. Sycamore (7-2) vs. 12. Rochelle (5-4)
2. Sterling (8-1) vs. 15. Phoenix Coop (5-4)
7. Hyde Park (7-2) vs. 10. Brooks (6-3)
3. Boylan Catholic (8-1) vs. 14. Glenbard South (5-4)
6. St. Francis (7-2) vs. 11. Amundsen (5-4)
1. Hillcrest (9-0) vs. 16. Jerseyville (5-4)
8. MacArthur (6-3) vs. 9. Morton (6-3)
4. Cahokia (8-1) vs. 13. Mt. Zion (6-3)
5. Carbondale (7-2) vs. 12. Champaign Central (6-3)
2. Highland (9-0) vs. 15. Rich Central (5-4)
7. Mattoon (6-3) vs. 10. Mascoutah (6-3)
3. Metamora (8-1) vs. 14. Joliet Catholic (5-4)
6. Marion (6-3) vs. 11. Rich East (6-3)

CLASS 4A

CLASS 4A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. IC Catholic (9-0) vs. 16. Raby (5-4)
8. Dixon (6-3) vs. 9. Stillman Valley (6-3)
4. Urban Prep Bronzeville (8-1) vs. 13. St. Edward (5-4)
5. Marengo (7-2) vs. 12. Sullivan (6-3)
2. Coal City (8-1) vs. 15. Wheaton Academy (5-4)
7. Ag. Science (7-2) vs. 10. Johnsburg (6-3)
3. Richmond-Burton (8-1) vs. 14. Plano (5-4)
6. Genoa-Kingston (7-2) vs. 11. Clemente (6-3)
1. Taylorville (9-0) vs. 16. Illinois Valley Central (5-4)
8. Columbia (7-2) vs. 9. Freeburg (7-2)
4. Rochester (8-1) vs. 13. Breese Central (6-3)
5. Pontiac (8-1) vs. 12. Herrin (7-2)
2. Paris (9-0) vs. 15. Salem (6-3)
7. Breese Mater Dei (7-2) vs. 10. Effingham (7-2)
3. Bishop McNamara (8-1) vs. 14. Richland County (6-3)
6. Murphysboro Coop (7-2) vs. 11. Prairie Central (7-2)

CLASS 3A

CLASS 3A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Byron (9-0) vs. 16. Rock Island Alleman (5-4)
8. Elmwood-Brimfield Coop (6-3) vs. 9. Princeton (6-3)
4. Lisle (8-1) vs. 13. Dwight Coop (6-3)
5. North Boone (7-2) vs. 12. Mid-County Coop (6-3)
2. Dunbar (8-1) vs. 15. Herscher (5-4)
7. Clark (6-3) vs. 10. Hall Twp. (6-3)
3. Eureka (8-1) vs. 14. UP/Englewood (5-4)
6. Monmouth-Rosevl. (7-2) vs. 11. Wilmington (6-3)
1. Monticello (9-0) vs. 16. St. Joseph-Ogden (5-4) 
8. Anna-Jonesboro (7-2) vs. 9. West Frankfort (7-2)
4. Farmington (9-0) vs. 13. Greenville (6-3)
5. Beardstown (8-1) vs. 12. Pleasant Plains (6-3)
2. Carlinville (9-0) vs. 15. East Alton-Wood River (6-3)
7. Vandalia (7-2) vs. 10. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (6-3)
3. Fairfield (9-0) vs. 14. Newton (6-3)
6. Williamsville (8-1) vs. 11. DuQuoin (6-3)

CLASS 2A

CLASS 2A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Gibson City-MS (9-0) vs. 16. Watseka (5-4)
8. Hope Academy (7-2) vs. 9. Knoxville (6-3)
4. Illini West (9-0) vs. 13. Mercer County (5-4)
5. Newman C.C. (8-1) vs. 12. Rockford Christian (6-3)
2. Orion (9-0) vs. 15. Fieldcrest (5-4)
7. Clifton Central (7-2) vs. 10. Rockridge (6-3)
3. Eastland-Pearl City Coop (9-0) vs. 14. Harlan (5-4)
6. Collins Coop (8-1) vs. 11. Chicago Christian (6-3)
1. St. Teresa (9-0) vs. 16. Staunton (5-4)
8. Eldorado (7-2) vs. 9. Athens (7-2)
4. Pana (8-1) vs. 13. Oakwood (5-4)
5. Nashville (8-1) vs. 12. Tri-Valley (5-4)
2. Maroa-Forsyth (9-0) vs. 15. Routt Coop (5-4)
7. Warrensburg-Latham (7-2) vs. 10. Chester (6-3)
3. Tuscola (8-1) vs. 14. Villa Grove-Heritage Coop (5-4)
6. Bismarck-Henning (8-1) vs. 11. West Hancock Coop (6-3)

CLASS 1A

CLASS 1A EXPERT ANALYSIS

1. Princeville (9-0) vs. 16. Polo (5-4)
8. Annawan-Wethersfield Coop (6-3) vs. 9. Aurora Christian (6-3)
4. Lena-Winslow (8-1) vs. 13. Lewistown (5-4)
5. Orr (8-1) vs. 12. LeRoy (5-4)
2. Ottawa Marquette (9-0) vs. 15. Orangeville (5-4)
7. Stockton (7-2) vs. 10. Dakota (6-3)
3. Milledgeville (9-0) vs. 14. Fulton (5-4)
6. Forreston (7-2) vs. 11. Hiawatha (6-3)
1. Argenta-Oreana (9-0) vs. 16. Cerro Gordo-Bement Coop (5-4)
8. Fisher (7-2) vs. 9. Cumberland (7-2)
4. Red Hill (8-1) vs. 13. Central A&M (6-3)
5. Madison (8-1) vs. 12. Edwards County (6-3)
2. Camp Pt. Central (8-1) vs. 15. Greenfield-NW Coop (6-3)
7. Sesser-Valier Coop (7-2) vs. 10. Carrollton (6-3)
3. Triopia Coop (8-1) vs. 14. Georgetown-RF (6-3)
6. Arcola (7-2) vs. 11. Salt Fork (6-3)

 

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.


DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin

FRIDAY'S TOP 25 SCORES

(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16

SATURDAY'S TOP 25 GAMES

Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie