CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins & Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com

1 Simeon (12-0)

Results: Defeated Bloomington 70-31, United Twp. 71-33, Peoria Manual 48-47 and Curie 44-27.

This Week: Saturday vs. Miller Grove HS (GA) at Cancer Research Classic, Wheeling (WV)

Hoops Talk: Three days, four wins, and another title at Pontiac. Impressive. Jabari Parker won his second consecutive A.C. Williamson trophy (tournament MVP).

2 Proviso East (11-0)

Results: Defeated Brooks 93-76, Benet 49-41, Rockford Auburn 75-56 and New Trier 68-55.

This Week: Friday at Morton, Saturday vs. Batavia

Hoops Talk: The Pirates, behind tournament MVP Keith Carter, win their first Proviso West Holiday Tournament title since 1991.

3 Curie (11-1)

Results: Defeated Niles West 57-41, West Aurora 60-52 and Warren 77-68 (2 OT); Lost to Simeon 44-27

This Week: Saturday at Muskegon Heights (MI)

Hoops Talk: The Condors excelled in their double-overtime in over Warren. Devin Foster was solid in the victory, going for 27 points and 12 rebounds.

4 Warren (10-2)
Results: Defeated Plainfield North 71-42, Joliet West 60-29 and Peoria Manual 63-54; Lost to Curie 77-68.

This Week: Friday at Zion-Benton

Hoops Talk: Solid 3rd place finish in Pontiac. Darius Paul and Nathan Boothe will be a force down the stretch.

5 Bloom (13-0)

Results: Defeated Corliss 70-47, Marian Catholic 56-47, Rich South 69-51 and Crete-Monee 52-45.

This Week: Friday vs. Rich South, Saturday vs. Bogan (at TF NorthBob Hambric Shootout)

Hoops Talk: First tournament championship at Rich South since 1995, thanks in large part to MVP point guard Donald Moore.

6 Andrew (9-0)

Results: Defeated Carver 56-42, Kankakee 56-37 and Milwaukee South 45-44

This Week: Friday at Lincoln-Way North

Hoops Talk: The Thunderbolts continue to turn heads this season. Jubril Adekoya named tournament MVP in Kankakee.

7 Plainfield East (11-0)

Results: Defeated Thornridge 62-34, Peoria Richwoods 66-57, Morton (IL) 62-56 and Washington 54-50

This Week: Friday at Plainfield North

Hoops Talk: Look out for the Bengals. Austin Robinson, Jawan Straughter and Brian Bennett help guide East to a first place trophy in Pekin.

8 Elgin (12-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Thursday at Batavia

Hoops Talk: The Maroons return to Upstate Eight conference play after stellar play in their home holiday tournament.

9 St. Ignatius (11-1)

Results: Defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 56-41, Riverside-Brookfield 62-52, Downers Grove South 52-50 and De La Salle 47-44 (OT).

This Week: Friday at St. Rita

Hoops Talk: They dont have center Nnanna Egwu this year (Illinois), but they do have a talented guard in Brian Howard (tournament MVP at Jack Tosh).

10 Whitney Young (6-4)

Results: Defeated Lexington (SC) 78-62, Prestonwood (TX) 46-44; Lost to Lone Peak (UT) 46-44 and Bishop Gorman (LA) 84-51

This Week: Saturday at Gonzaga (WV)

Hoops Talk: The Dolphins split their four games in Myrtle Beach. Sophomore Jahlil Okafor will need to carry a team thats dealing with injuries.
11 Downers Grove South (10-2)

Results: Defeated Palatine 59-26, Maine South 69-52 and Naperville North 53-46; Lost to St. Ignatius 52-50

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Jamall Millison and Jerron Wilbut lead the Mustangs to a third place finish at the Tosh. Next game will be Monday January 9th vs. Fremd.
12 Bogan (11-1)
Results: Defeated St. Laurence 70-44, Alton 73-58 and Champaign Central 57-44; Lost to Belleville West 60-53

This Week: Saturday vs. Bloom (at TF NorthBob Hambric Shootout)Hoops Talk: Decent showing in Centralia, but could not hold 8-point lead with 1:49 to go against Belleville West. Team shot 70.5 vs. St. Laurence.

13 De La Salle (10-2)

Results: Defeated Perspectives 58-48, St. Francis 59-39, Naperville North 54-28; Lost to St. Ignatius 47-44 (OT)

This Week: Friday vs. Fenwick

Hoops Talk: Alvin Ellis, Alex Foster and Gavin Schilling had good games, but could not figure out fellow Cathlolic North foe St. Ignatius. Rematch January 20th.

14 Metea Valley (13-0)

Results: Defeated Eisenhower 100-79, Rolling Meadows 69-64, Sandburg 66-62 and Schaumburg 64-52

This Week: Saturday vs. Lake Park

Hoops Talk: Fun times at the Hinsdale South tourney: a 100-point game, two thrilling comebacks and then a 24-point effort from MVP Kenny Obendorf in the final.
15 New Trier (12-2)

Results: Defeated Fenwick 62-47, Homewood-Flossmoor 61-58, Morgan Park 50-41; Lost to Proviso East 68-55

This Week: Friday vs. Evanston

Hoops Talk: David Bragiel, Austin Angel, Connor Boehm and Jordan Thomas all contributed for the Trevians at the Proviso West tourney.

16 West Aurora (11-2)

Results: Defeated Danville 71-51, Joliet West 50-46, United Twp. 50-35; Lost to Curie 60-52

This Week: Saturday at Naperville North

Hoops Talk: Senior guard Juwan Starks paced the Blackhawks to a fifth place finish in Pontiac.

17 Huntley (10-1)

Results: No games played this week

This Week: Wednesday vs. Crystal Lake Central, Saturday vs. McHenry

Hoops Talk: 6-6 sophomore Amanze Egekeze is attracting attention from several Big Ten schools.

18 Crane (8-3)

Results: Defeated Harper (forfeit), Ridgewood 67-62, Lemont 58-54 and Plainfield Central 51-35.

This Week: TBA

Hoops Talk: The Cougars sweep through the Romeoville Christmas Classic behind tournament MVP Willie Connor.

19 Glenbard West (10-0)

Results: Defeated West Chicago 60-48, Fenton 48-30, Leyden 56-35 and Wheaton Academy 67-48.

This Week: Wednesday at Bolingbrook, Friday at York

Hoops Talk: The Hilltoppers, winners of their own holiday tournament last week, are off to their best start in school history.
20 Crystal Lake Central (11-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Wednesday at Huntley, Saturday at Hampshire

Hoops Talk: Senior guard Chase Cane and the Tigers are on the prowl and will fight to defend their Fox Valley Fox title.

Looming & Lurking: Benet, Marshall, Harlan, Farragut, Stevenson, Naperville Central, Herscher, Libertyville, Foreman, Seton, Notre Dame, North Chicago, St. Viator, Homewood-Flossmoor, Farragut, Hillcrest.

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

In doing some post-season wrapping up of my Nerdy NFL Notebook as we begin turning the page to the 2017 season, part of it involves compiling where each team finished in big-picture team offensive and defensive categories: overall ranking (total yards), as well as team rushing and passing ranks on both sides of the ball.

So if the Bears wound up ranked 15th overall in total yards gained and allowed, they should've finished…oh, 8-8, right? It adds to the deception of some of the deeper issues that focus on a lack of playmakers, which tied into their inability to make plays when it matters most. In John Fox's 9-23 start, 18 of those games have been decided by six points or less. They've won just six of those games. 

Offensively, the Bears ranked higher in total offense than five playoff teams: Kansas City (20), Detroit (21), Miami (24), New York Giants (25) and Houston (29). They wound up 17th in rushing offense, better than four teams who advanced: Seattle (25), Green Bay (26), New York Giants (29) and Detroit (30). And their 14th-ranked passing offense ranked better than the Giants (17), Kansas City (19), Dallas (23), Miami (26), Houston (29).

On the other side of the ball, they'd be even better off before allowing 109 points over the final three losses. Their total defense ranked better than Detroit (18), Green Bay (22), Kansas City (24), Atlanta (25), Oakland (26) and Miami (29). After being gashed for 558 rushing yards the last three games, they fell to 27th in the NFL against the run (better than only 30th-ranked Miami). But the seventh-ranked pass defense, despite collecting a measly eight interceptions (among only 11 turnovers), was better than nine playoff teams: Miami (15), Pittsburgh (16), Kansas City (18), Detroit (19), the Giants (23), Oakland (24), Dallas (26), Atlanta (28) and Green Bay (31).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

What do all the hollow numbers indicate? A lack of complementary, opportunistic football, playmakers on both sides of the ball, a minus-20 turnover ratio, and a lack of quality and continuity at the quarterback position — to name a few. All of those playoff teams have more impact players (or kept more of their impact players healthy) than the Bears in 2016.

While some of the numbers aren't that bad to look at, and some even raise an eyebrow, there's still a deep climb from the most significant numbers: 3-13.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above.