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 (8-0)

Results: Defeated Perspectives-Calumet 82-42 (Mon.), Corliss 79-51 (Wed.) and Whitney Young 62-55 (Thu.)

This Week: Pontiac Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Will Simeon and Warren meet again in the finals at Pontiac? Jabari Parker and company open with Bloomington on Wednesday.

2 Proviso East (7-0)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: The Pirates will be the team to beat in Hillside this week. Proviso East finished in third place in the tournament last season.

3 Warren (7-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Pontiac Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Warren will be the No. 2 seed in Pontiac. They battle Plainfield North in Wednesdays opening round.
4 Curie (8-0)

Results: Defeated Robeson 70-18 (Tue.) and DuSable 65-33 (Thu.)

This Week: Pontiac Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Forward Cliff Alexander and the Condors could meet West Aurora in the second round in Pontiac, provided they survive Niles West on Wednesday.

5 Downers Grove South (7-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament (York HS)

Hoops Talk: Jerron Wilbut and the Mustangs look to defend their title in Elmhurst this week. They open against Palatine on Tuesday.

6 Bogan (8-0)

Results: Defeated Urban Prep-Englewood 79-18 (Mon.) and Perspectives-Calumet 80-69 (Wed.)

This Week: Centralia Holiday Tourney

Hoops Talk: The Bengals will be the No. 1 seed in Centralia. Other Chicago teams participating include Marist, St. Laurence and Richards.

7 De La Salle (7-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament (York HS)

Hoops Talk: Gavin Schilling and Alex Foster should give Downers South a run for the title. The Meteors open tourney play against Perspectives on Wednesday.
8 New Trier (9-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Proviso West Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Connor Boehm and Austin Angel give the Trevians hope for a title this week. They will face Fenwick on Tuesday in the first round.
9 Whitney Young (4-2)

Results: Defeated Westinghouse 62-45 (Mon.) and Manley 81-38 (Wed); Lost to Simeon 62-55 (Thu.)

This Week: Beach Ball Classic, Myrtle Beach SC

Hoops Talk: Gabriel Snider and Jahlil Okafor are picking up the slack in the wake of injury losses to Tommie Hamilton and Jermaine Morgan.

10 Andrew (6-0)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Kankakee Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: The Thunderbolts look to be the favorites in Kankakee, a tournament that features a 3A4A and 1A2A bracket. They face Carver Wednesday.

11 Bloom (9-0)

Results: Defeated Rich East 59-50 (Tue.)

This Week: McDipper Tournament at Rich South

Hoops Talk: The Blazing Trojans, who open against Corliss on Monday, are favorites to win in Richton Park this week. Seton and Crete-Monee could challenge.

12 Plainfield East (7-0)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Pekin Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: The Bengals, No. 2 seed in Pekin, will battle Thornridge in Tuesdays opening round. Senior guard Dee Brown will be tough to contain.
13 Seton (11-0)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: McDipper Tournament at Rich South

Hoops Talk: Undefeated record will be challenged by a talented field at the McDipper. The Sting will open against Rich Central on Monday.

14 Homewood-Flossmoor (7-2)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Proviso West Tournament

Hoops Talk: A potential second round matchup of H-F and New Trier could be a nice holiday treat. The Vikings will take on Von Steuben in the first round.
15 West Aurora (8-1)
Results: Defeated York 67-42 (Fri.)

This Week: Pontiac Holiday Tournament

Hoops Talk: Look for Juwan Starks to turn some heads in Peoria. Could they be the sleeper team in the tournament?

16 Elgin (12-1)
Results: Defeated Holy Trinity 54-30 (Mon.), Glenbard North 57-51 (Tue.), Neuqua Valley 52-48 (Wed.) and La Lumiere IN 40-34 (Thu.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Huge week for the Maroons, who beat national power La Lumiere to win the Elgin Tourney. Kory Brown was deadly from beyond the arc.
17 Notre Dame (9-2)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Wheeling Hardwood Classic

Hoops Talk: The Dons, along with Stevenson, look solid in this tourney. ND opens against Vernon Hills. If the Dons win, theyll battle the Lake Park-Deerfield winner.

18 North Chicago (6-1)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: State Farm Holiday Classic (Bloomington-Normal)

Hoops Talk: Aaron Simpson and the Warhawks look to tame the field in Bloomington. First up: Culver Academy (IN) on Tuesday.
19 Metea Valley (9-0)

Results: No games played last week

This Week: Hinsdale South Tournament

Hoops Talk: New-kid-on-the-block Metea a perfect fit for the inaugural Hinsdale South tourney. Their opener against Eisenhowers Grinnell offense could be fun.
20 Huntley (10-1)
Results: Defeated Lake Zurich 38-26 (Tue.), Hope Academy 66-60 (Thu.) and Crystal Lake Central 55-49 (Fri.)

This Week: No games scheduled

Hoops Talk: Look out for the Red Raiders. Sophomore forward Amanze Egekeze scored 21 points in the title game.
Looming & Lurking: Benet, Morton, Marshall, Farragut, Glenbrook North, Stevenson, Libertyville, Harlan, St. Ignatius, St. Viator, Hope, St. Rita, Oak Park, Foreman, Crystal Lake Central and Crane.

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

Road Ahead: Blackhawks play three home games before All-Star break

CSN's Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd preview the Blackhawks' three upcoming games in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland & NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

The Blackhawks have three home games before the NHL All-Star break, which takes place in Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks have dates between the Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Winnipeg Jets. All three opponents are out of the playoff picture, sand Steve Konroyd is looking for the Blackhawks to step up in a certain part of their game: scoring.

See what Boyle and Konroyd had to say in the video above.

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.