High School Lites has a lot of enticing conference matchups on the show this week as we have Chicagoland covered with games from the CSL South, ESCC, DVC, Red-West, NSC Lake, Upstate Eight and Catholic League South.
Benet and Notre Dame will be featured in a matchup of ranked teams and we'll also have a feature on Hinsdale South senior center and Northwestern commit Barret Benson. The Marmion wrestling team will also be featured as our Team of the Week.
High School Lites will air this week at 11 p.m. on CSN and stream on CSNChicago.com.
Maine South at No. 7 Evanston, 7:00 p.m. - This Central Suburban South rivalry has been fun to watch the last few years as the top two teams in the league battle again. Evanston (12-2, 4-0) is the league favorite behind star junior guard Nojel Eastern and his talented supporting cast that is plenty capable without him on the floor. Maine South (12-4, 3-1) had a loss to New Trier recently and will look to bounce back with a big conference road win to put them back in the title picture.
No. 12 Notre Dame at No. 10 Benet, 7:00 p.m. - An important one in the East Suburban Catholic Conference as Benet (12-2, 1-1) hosts Notre Dame (11-3, 1-1). Both of these teams played state title contender Fenwick last week with the Redwings pulling out the victory. Notre Dame is one of the taller teams in the area and pose an interesting matchup for Benet in this one.
Naperville Central at No. 14 Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. - In the battle of Naperville, North hosts Central as these two co-conference leaders do battle in the DuPage Valley Conference. Naperville North (11-3,, 4-1) was impressive this holiday season as they've won six of their last seven games. Naperville Central has lost three straight games after a great start and they'll look to turn things around in this rivalry game.
Farragut at No. 16 Whitney Young, 6:00 p.m. - Whitney Young hosts Farragut in a Red-West battle as these two teams played on Dec. 12 with the Dolphins winning on the road. The Admirals (12-5, 2-4) have dropped three consecutive games since winning a holiday tournament in Missouri while Whitney Young (9-4, 3-1) has looked strong lately playing good competition from all over the country.
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Indian Creek at Newark, 7:00 p.m. - In our Viewers' Choice Game, the host Norsemen (16-2, 4-0) take on the Timberwolves (11-3, 3-0) in a battle for the top spot in the Little Ten conference. Newark is coming off an 84-49 win at Seneca, while I-C was victorious over Polo on Tuesday, 57-41.
No. 21 Zion-Benton at Mundelein, 7:00 p.m. - Zion-Benton (11-4, 3-1) entered the @CSNPreps Power Rankings after knocking off Libertyville and Lake Zurich and they'll go on the road in the North Suburban Lake to face Mundelein (1-13, 0-4).
Mount Carmel at Brother Rice, 7:00 p.m. - A great rivalry takes place on the hardwood as two of the Catholic South's best collide. Mount Carmel (12-4, 4-0) will put their unbeaten conference mark on the line when they go on the road to face Brother Rice (11-6, 3-1). The Caravan have spent time in the Power Rankings this season while Brother Rice won the Luther North Holiday Tournament and is a factor under first-year head coach Bobby Frasor.
Glenbard East at West Chicago, 7:00 p.m. - Two of the best teams in the Upstate Eight Valley as Glenbard East tries to catch up with West Chicago. Glenbard East (8-6, 2-1) is trying to bounce back after a subpar holiday season while West Chicago (13-3, 3-0) is riding a three-game winning streak. These two teams play again at Glenbard East on Feb. 9.
Stevenson at Libertyville, 7:00 p.m. - The North Suburban Lake is wide open and these two middle-of-the-pack teams will try to make a move on Friday night. Stevenson (9-4, 3-1) has some puzzling losses this season as they try to earn a nice road win at Libertyville and junior wing Justin Smith is showing positive signs this season. Libertyville (9-6, 2-3) has a talented team and a promising sophomore in Drew Peterson.