Tuesday marks super-sectional play in the IHSA boys basketball tournament as Class 3A and Class 4A is starting to wind down.
CSN Chicago will feature a special edition of “High School Lites” within Tuesday night’s 10:30 p.m. edition of SportsNet Central. We'll have highlights, scores and postgame interviews from the Class 3A & 4A Super-Sectionals. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter at @CSNPreps for the latest updates from across the state.
CSN and CSNChicago.com will also be home to all of the IHSA state semifinals and finals this weekend in Peoria as Class 3A and Class 4A action finishes up. For more information, as well our channel finder, click on this link here. High School Lites will air on Saturday night this week as the season finale will air at 11 p.m. on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com
Morgan Park (26-3) vs. Lincoln-Way West (20-9), Joliet Central Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
Morgan Park attempts to make it to Peoria for the fourth consecutive season as they'll be the heavy favorite against Lincoln-Way West. The Mustangs are led by Player of the Year favorite Charlie Moore, a Memphis commit who is having an outstanding senior season. Lincoln-Way West will counter with junior Marco Pettinato, who has scored the ball at a high rate this season.
St. Joseph (24-8) vs. Ridgewood (18-12), Hoffman Estates Super-Sectional, 6:00 p.m.
Defending Class 3A champion St. Joseph is in position to make it back to Peoria as they will be the heavy favorite at the Sears Centre against Ridgewood. The Chargers are led by the state's top unsigned senior in center Nick Rakocevic while Ridgewood beat St. Patrick on a buzzer-beater to make it this far.
Rockford Boylan (31-2) vs. Peoria Manual (25-4), DeKalb Super-Sectional, 6:00 p.m.
These two first played each other in January with Boylan taking home a 76-64 win. The Titans are tied for the most wins in school history as they're led by under-the-radar guard Zach Couper, a 6-foot-4 junior. Peoria Manual has a talented roster led by junior Da'Monte Williams, an Illinois commit and top-75 national prospect. Juniors A.J. Youngman and Romon Douglas-Watkins are also drawing Division I interest.
Belleville Althoff (29-2) vs. Springfield Southeast (24-6), Springfield Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
The top team in Class 3A, Belleville Althoff, battles Springfield Southeast in the final Class 3A super-sectional. Althoff is looking to go back to Peoria for the second straight season as they're arguably the state's most talented team. Seniors Tarkus Ferguson (UIC) and Brendon Gooch (Southern Illinois) will both stay in Illinois to play college basketball while the team's top college prospect is junior Jordan Goodwin. Springfield Southeast is coming off of a huge win over Lanphier as they're led by guard D'Angelo Hughes.
Benet (29-3) vs. Joliet West (21-9), DeKalb Super-Sectional, 7:30 p.m.
The second game at Northern Illinois will be a rematch of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as these two teams played in late December with Joliet West winning 59-53. Benet has only lost to Notre Dame since then, as the Redwings have been one of the hottest teams in the area. Joliet West has a lot of young talent and they're a year ahead of schedule in terms of playing in a game of this magnitude.
Curie (25-5) vs. Notre Dame (25-6), Evanston Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
For as good as Curie has been the past few years, they've never played in a super-sectional until now. The Condors face a red-hot Notre Dame team that is peaking at the right time. Two of the deepest teams in the state, this one could come down to how Curie senior point guard and DePaul commit Devin Gage plays. The Dons are one of the biggest teams in the state and their length could slow down Gage.
Conant (23-6) vs. Rockford Auburn (24-6), Hoffman Estates Super-Sectional, 8:00 p.m.
The second game at the Sears Centre on Tuesday features Mid-Suburban League champions Conant taking on Rockford Auburn. The Cougars are led by junior guard Jimmy Sotos and have a lot of young big men as their defense is one of the best in the area. Rockford Auburn is led by senior guard Trayvon Taylor as they play a trapping defense that tries to force a lot of turnovers.
Simeon (28-3) vs. United Township (24-6), Illinois State Super-Sectional, 7:00 p.m.
It's weird to think that Simeon hasn't been to Peoria since 2013, but that's the case as the Wolverines try to take down United Township. Simeon is led by senior Zach Norvell, a Gonzaga commit who has had an outstanding senior season. United Township will be the heavy underdog but their top player, Tray Buchanan, is a junior who started his high school career at Simeon.