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Friday on CSN: IHSAA boys basketball semifinals, finals

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Friday on CSN: IHSAA boys basketball semifinals, finals

It's time to determine the state-title winners in Iowa, and CSN has all your basketball needs covered the next three days.

From Thursday to Saturday we'll be airing live games from the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. Every game will also be available to live-stream using the NBC Sports app!

Check out a schedule of the game below and make sure To visit csnchicago/Iowa to find the full schedule.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10

1:30 PM –        Class 4A Semifinal #1: Iowa City West vs. Kennedy (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

3:15 PM –        Class 4A Semifinal #2: Valley vs. East Sioux City (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+; please visit CSNChicago.com’s http://www.csnchicago.com/channel-finderCHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

6:00 PM –        Class 1A Championship game: Gladbrook-Reinbeck vs. Grand View Christian (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:00 PM –        Class 2A Championship game: Western Christian vs. Pella Christian (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, MARCH 11

6:00 PM –        Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:00 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD) (NOTE: This game will air on CSN+; please visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 6 St. Viator

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 6 St. Viator

St. Viator

2017-18 record: 24-6, 9-0 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference

Postseason results: Lost to Niles North in Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: The Division I backcourt of point guard Trey Calvin (Wright State) and guard Jeremiah Hernandez (Kent State) will be one of the best in the state this season as both players can take over a game with their scoring. Junior Connor Kochera also impressed with his shot-making ability this summer while junior Michael Huene provides size on the interior.

Why they're in the power rankings: Unbeaten in a very tough conference a year ago, St. Viator has one of the state's best backcourts and emerging juniors in Kochera and Huene. The Lions have a lot of offensive firepower with this team, as they'll be the favorite once again in the ESCC.

Did you know? St. Viator returns to Class 3A this season after spending last season in Class 4A. When the Lions were a 3A team during the 2016-17 season, they won a sectional title. 

Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 7 Oak Park-River Forest

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Preseason Preps Basketball Power Rankings: No. 7 Oak Park-River Forest

Oak Park-River Forest

2017-18 record: 23-6, 12-0 in the West Suburban Silver

Postseason results: Lost to Lincoln Park in the Class 4A regional finals.

Players to watch: A senior-laden Huskies team returns plenty from last season's campaign. Guard Dashon Enoch has been a varsity player since freshman year while forward Charlie Hoehne, wing Anthony Roberts and guard Chase Robinson are also capable of making plays. And keep an eye on sophomore Isaiah Barnes, as he's generated Division I scholarship offers already after a good summer.

Why they're in the power rankings: With four experienced seniors returning and the addition of a potential breakout sophomore in Barnes, the Huskies are as balanced as any team in the area this season. While no one player should carry OPRF through the year, the Huskies are one of the few teams in the area with multiple players who can win them a game.

Did you know? The Huskies are coming off of back-to-back West Suburban conference titles, including an undefeated record in the conference last season.