Warren escapes with victory over Glenbrook North

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Warren escapes with victory over Glenbrook North

By Bryan Bonato
YourSeason.com

Warren outscored visiting Glenbrook North 12-0 in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds to defeat the Spartans 41-32 on Saturday.The Blue Devils (19-2) trailed 32-29, the result of scoring 10 total points on 4-of-20 shooting during the middle two quarters.But after Glenbrook Norths Andrew McAuliffe hit two free throws to put his team up 32-29, the proverbial lid went on the Spartans basket.They were 0-for-4 from the foul line and 0-for-4 from the field as Warren cranked up the defensive intensity to win going away in Chuck Ramseys final home game after 19 years as the Blue Devils coach. I was thinking about that (last home game) a little bit (after the game), but I also was trying to figure out what we did down the stretch, he said. We finished the game well ... 12-0 against a great team with great coaching. I was happy with that.Down 32-29, JoVaughn Gaines scored on a layup in transition, and Warren took the lead for good on two free throws by Nathan Boothe (11 points, 11 rebounds) with 2:53 left.Darius Paul hit a jumper with a 1:53 left, Paul converted a three-point play with 1:05 left, Jameris Smith hit two free throws with 41 seconds left and Boothe hit a free throw with 22 seconds left.It was our last game here and I didnt want to lose, said Paul (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists). They had the ball for like 80 percent of the game.At the end, we started looking up to the basket and looking for guys coming off screens.For Glenbrook North (17-6), McAuliffe scored eight points. It was his third game back after suffering a leg injury.We had the free throws and we missed the free throws, Spartans coach Dave Weber said. We did what we wanted to do. We drove and they fouled us. We missed two front ends (of one-and-ones) and then we missed two more free throws. That was a big turning point in the game.Though a non-conference game in the standings, this one mattered to Warrens seniors, according to Smith.Back in fifth grade, we went into double-overtime against them, the senior guard said. We were up by four. Adam Chick (now a starting guard for Glenbrook North) hit a three-pointer, JoVaughn was called for a foul, and they ended up winning the game. Ever since then, we havent liked them.We know all those guys. Its been a good rivalry. Theyre a team we want to beat. Our school has rivalries, but for the Class of 2012, this is our rivalry.Warren will play at Lake Zurich on Tuesday night. Glenbrook North has Maine East on Friday, and then will face Waukegan in the Central Suburban League Championship Game.

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

The College Football Playoff field is set, and for the second time in three years, the Ohio State Buckeyes will compete for a national championship.

The selection committee revealed the four-team field for this season's Playoff, with Ohio State coming at No. 3. The Buckeyes will battle No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. The other Playoff semifinal pits No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl.

While Ohio State has been considered one of the best teams in the country throughout the season, the Buckeyes' inclusion in the Playoff field is not without controversy, as they are the first team to play in the Playoff without winning their conference championship. But Ohio State had a sterling resume with three wins over top-10 teams: Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes' lone loss came against a top-10 Penn State team.

The 2014 national champion, Ohio State returns to the Playoff after missing out last season. Big Ten champion Michigan State represented the conference last year, getting crushed by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Two years ago, the Buckeyes beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and then beat the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game.

Big Ten champion Penn State, which won the conference title game Saturday night with an instant-classic comeback victory over Wisconsin, ended up fifth and was left off the bracket. So too was sixth-ranked Michigan, which didn't compete for a conference championship but was ranked fifth in the final set of rankings prior to Sunday's bracket reveal. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines combined for five wins over top-10 teams this season.

There was plenty of conversation that red-hot Penn State could surge into the Playoff, just like Ohio State did two years ago. The Lions are riding a nine-game winning streak, defeated Ohio State earlier in the season and claimed the championship in what has been the hands-down best conference in college football this season. And boy did they impress Saturday night in their most recent showing, erasing a three-touchdown deficit to come back and beat Wisconsin.

Michigan, too, had a mighty compelling case to make. The Wolverines, owners of one of the best defenses in the country all season long, beat three top-10 teams during the regular season and took the No. 2 team in the country to double overtime just last weekend.

But in the end, we did not get the first Playoff field to feature two teams from the same conference. Penn State and Michigan will learn their bowl fates — likely going to New Year's Six bowl games — later Sunday.

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

The College Football Playoff selection committee will reveal the four-team Playoff field shortly, but in the AP poll, Big Ten champion Penn State did vault ahead of Michigan.

The Nittany Lions, fresh off their instant-classic comeback win in Saturday night's Big Ten title game, jumped up three spots, from No. 8 to No. 5, passing the Wolverines, who dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 with no game to play this weekend.

Who knows if that will be the thinking of the committee or if Penn State's performance Saturday was impressive enough to get it above Washington or Clemson and into the final four.

In the AP poll Sunday, Ohio State checked in at No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama. The Buckeyes didn't play Saturday either, but those top two spots figure to be how the top two spots of the Playoff field will look. Clemson and Washington stayed the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the poll, which seems to be a likely possibility in the Playoff, as well.

Wisconsin, defeated by Penn State on Saturday night, dropped just two spots from No. 6 to No. 8, jumped by Penn State and Oklahoma, which was victorious in its regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, claiming the Big 12 championship in the process.

Iowa moved up one spot from No. 22 to No. 21, while Nebraska dropped a spot from No. 23 to No. 24. Neither team played this weekend.