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NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 13

NBC Sports Chicago Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 13

The latest Preps Power Rankings see a ton of changes this week thanks to a lot of top-25 matchups in the Public League Playoffs. With eight ranked city teams facing up to three games this week, there was a lot to keep tabs on as we're only a week away from the Class 3A/4A boys basketball state playoffs from starting.

Here's a look at the latest Power Rankings as we head into the home stretch. 

1. Curie (29-1) (1) -- The state's best team by a wide margin (based on regular season accomplishments) Curie put the icing on the cake by winning the Public League Playoffs. The Condors have the rare mix of star power and balance as they're the favorites in 4A right now.

2. Morgan Park (26-4) (3) -- Morgan Park finally saw its winning streak snapped during the Public League Playoff finals as they'll be the favorites to win again in Class 3A.

3. Evanston (25-4) (5) -- Beating rival New Trier for another solid win, the Wildkits are rolling as they try to make it back down to Peoria. 

4. Bloom (23-3) (6)  -- Solid wins over Thornton and Rich South during the week as Bloom prepares for a postseason being a hunted team.

5. Simeon (16-14) (15) -- Figuring things out after an up-and-down season, Simeon broke through with a win over rival Whitney Young before giving Morgan Park a huge scare in the semis.

6. Bogan (22-3) (2) -- The Bengals fell to Orr in the Public League Playoffs as they'll try to regroup for the Class 3A playoffs.

7. Whitney Young (22-7) (4) -- Whitney Young fell to Simeon in the Public League Playoff semifinals as the Dolphins continue to lack major tournament titles this season.

8. Orr (19-11) (14) -- The Spartans made a huge impression by knocking off Bogan in the city quarterfinals as they Class 2A champs will be a tough out in the state playoffs.

9. Geneva (27-1) (9) -- Quietly, Geneva continues to pile up wins as they have 12 straight after their only loss to Lake Park. 

10. Lincoln Park (20-7) (10) -- The Lions fell in the Public League Playoff quarterfinals to Morgan Park as they prepare for the State Playoffs. 

11. Providence-St. Mel (23-6) (16) -- Monster week for Providence-St. Mel by handily beating St. Rita and also holding off Leo. They look like the team to beat in Class 1A. 

12. Bolingbrook (19-6) (17) -- Sweeping Homewood-Flossmoor should give Bolingbrook a ton of confidence as the Raiders are 

13. St. Viator (23-5) (23) -- The Lions look like they're back as point guard Trey Calvin's return makes them a 3A favorite. The win over Marian Catholic was huge.

14. Marian Catholic (24-4) (7) -- Falling on the road to St. Viator in ESCC play, the Spartans finish the regular season with Joliet Catholic. 

15. St. Rita (21-8) (11) -- The Mustangs saw their recent hot-streak stopped by Providence-St. Mel but they bounced back with an important Catholic League win over DePaul Prep.

16. OPRF (17-8) (19) -- OPRF maintained its pace with a tight win over Downers North. This week sees Proviso East and the West Suburban title game.

17. Farragut (17-7) (18) -- The Admirals lost in the quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs to Curie as Aaron Strong and company will be tough in 3A.

18. Homewood-Flossmoor (19-7) (8) -- Homewood-Flossmoor lost again to Bolingbrook while also dropping a game to Maine South. The Vikings don't have a top-25 win since December.   

19. York (26-4) (20) -- Earning two wins in conference play, York continues to beat the teams they should.

20. St. Laurence (24-5) (22) -- Three wins for the Vikings last week after some recent losses. St. Laurence remains an intriguing Class 3A team. 

21. Riverside-Brookfield (25-4) (24) -- Twelve consecutive wins for the Bulldogs as they now have the most regular-season wins in school history.

22. Benet (21-7) (NR) -- Back in the Power Rankings after a notable win over Stevenson, the Redwings get a crack at St. Viator in ESCC play this week.

23. Stevenson (23-4) (12) -- After a strong North Suburban overtime win over Waukegan, the Patriots finally fell to Benet on the road.

24. Waukegan (23-5) (13) -- Senior Bryant Brown became the Bulldogs' all-time leading scorer last week, but the Bulldogs fell to Stevenson in overtime during the week.

25. Maine South (21-9, 5-5) Peaking at the right time, Maine South has eight straight wins -- including a notable win over Homewood-Flossmoor over the weekend.

High School Lites Roundup Playoffs Week 3


High School Lites Roundup Playoffs Week 3

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Class 8A

(23) Marist 41, (18) Loyola Academy 27

(24) Brother Rice 38, (1) Minooka 21

Class 7A

(1) Mount Carmel 24, (8) Phillips 8

(2) Nazareth 38, (7) Batavia 24  
(5) Willowbrook 28, (20) Lake Zurich 10

Class 6A

(1) Prairie Ridge 14, (6) Cary-Grove 13

Class 5A

(8) St. Rita 35, (4) Hillcrest 8

Boylan Catholic 19, Sycamore 16

Class 4A

2) Richmond-Burton 24, (3) IC Catholic 14

Class 3A

(2) Byron 32, (3) Wilmington 0

Preps Basketball Power Rankings No. 10: Bolingbrook


Preps Basketball Power Rankings No. 10: Bolingbrook

School: Bolingbrook

2018-19 record: 23-8 (8-2 Southwest Suburban Blue)

Postseason results: Lost to Belleville West in Class 4A Supersectionals.

Players to watch: Darius Burford took advantage of a new role this summer and was one of the area's toughest perimeter players. The 6-foot-0 lead guard committed to Elon during the fall. Junior guard Kai Evans is another Division I prospect who should see an uptick in production this season. And freshman forward Donoven Younger has a chance to make a varsity impact right away. The 6-foot-7 Younger is already getting love from college coaches and area scouts as he's looked good in recent events. 

Why they're in the power rankings: Most programs would be devastated following the loss of two decorated guards like Tyler Cochran and Joseph Yesufu. The Raiders have reloaded with multiple Division I prospects and strong younger classes that look promising for the future. Burford is a takeover player and he has plenty of talent around him. Bolingbrook should once again be one of the area's best.

Did you know? One of the state's most successful programs in the past decade, the Raiders captured their third sectional title in five years last season. Before the recent stretch, Bolingbrook only had one sectional title (1985) in school history.