CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

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CSN's Top 20 Basketball Rankings

By Joe Collins and Taylor Bell
CSNChicago.com
1 Simeon (28-1)

Results: Defeated Oak Lawn 63-25 and Vocational 54-30

This Week: Tuesday vs. Whitney Young (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Jabari Parker and Steve Taylor keep the Wolverines rolling. A great rivalry matchup between two Red-West schools is on deck.

2 Proviso East (28-0)

Results: Defeated Hoffman Estates 63-48 and Glenbard North 51-48

This Week: Tuesday vs. Lake Park (4A Schaumburg Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Good free throw shooting late in the fourth quarter against Glenbard North keeps the Pirates undefeated.

3 Warren (24-3)

Results: Defeated Hersey 65-50 and Stevenson 57-47

This Week: Tuesday vs. Lake Forest (4A Barrington Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Nathan Boothe and Darius Paul came up big down the stretch against Stevenson. Another North Suburban-Lake foe awaits.

4 Plainfield East (27-1)
Results: Defeated Wheaton Warrenville South 51-42 and Neuqua Valley 47-45

This Week: Tuesday vs. West Aurora (4A East Aurora Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Brian Bennetts double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) against N-V was one of the keys in helping the Bengals advance.

5 Bogan (26-3)

Results: Defeated Mount Carmel 65-64 and De La Salle 79-63

This Week: Wednesday vs. Marist (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Devaughn Johnsons 23 points, part of which coming in a key 25-11 run in the first half, helped offset the 42 scored by De La Salles Alvin Ellis.

6 Andrew (24-2)

Results: Defeated Lincoln-Way Central 54-37 and Marian Catholic 28-25

This Week: Wednesday vs. Homewood-Flossmoor (4A Lockport Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Thunderbolts overcame M-Cs slow tempo to win the schools first boys basketball regional title since 1990.

7 Elgin (25-3)

Results: Defeated South Elgin 41-21 and St. Charles East 57-52

This Week: Wednesday vs. McHenry (4A Dundee-Crown Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Back-to-back regional titles for the Maroons, who got a huge game from Kory Brown (24 points, 12 rebounds) against East.

8 Downers Grove South (23-5)

Results: Defeated Oswego East 69-68 and Hinsdale Central 64-51

This Week: Wednesday vs. Metea Valley (4A East Aurora Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Kevin Honn (20 points) and Jamall Millison (17) help propel the Mustangs into sectional play.

9 Huntley (26-3)

Results: Defeated DeKalb 40-37 and Larkin 46-42

This Week: Tuesday vs. Rockford-Auburn (4A Dundee-Crown Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: A huge challenge is in the cards for the Red Raiders: Auburns point guard and Wichita State recruit-- Fred Van Vleet.

10 Bloom (26-3)

Results: Defeated T.F. North 41-37 and Sandburg 40-37

This Week: Tuesday vs. Thornton (4A Lockport Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Blazing Trojans overcame a 12-point deficit against Sandburg and pulled off another close victory. Donald Moore continues to excel.

11 Hillcrest (23-5)

Results: Defeated Evergreen Park 65-53 and Brooks 79-66

This Week: Tuesday vs. Providence (3A Rich East Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Hawks cannot overlook the 17-10 Celtics, who defeated a 25-win Lemont team to advance to Tuesdays semifinal.

12 St. Ignatius (23-5)

Results: Defeated Hope 78-64 and South Shore 79-49

This Week: Tuesday vs. DuSable (3A St. Ignatius Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Wolfpack cruise past regionals and now get sectionals on their home floor. Life is good for coach Rick Kehoe and company.

13 Marshall (22-7)

Results: Defeated Montini 60-45 and Westinghouse 77-60

This Week: Wednesday vs. St. Joseph (3A Glenbard South Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Cris Craig, Milton Doyle, Korbin McClain and Tyrone Hilton all reached double-figures for the Commandos against Westinghouse.

14 New Trier (23-5)

Results: Defeated Niles West 39-35 and Foreman 65-41

This Week: Tuesday vs. Evanston (4A Glenbrook South Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: A scare against Niles West, a blowout, and now a change to avenge a regular season upset by their biggest north shore rival.

15 Marist (25-5)

Results: Defeated Brother Rice 76-61 and Curie 63-62

This Week: Wednesday vs. Bogan (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Lexus Williams three with two seconds left stuns Curie and gives the Redhawks their ninth win in a row.

16 Curie (25-3)

Results: Defeated Reavis 76-42; Lost to Marist 63-62

This Week: Season Over

Hoops Talk: This was the Condors only loss to an opponent not named Simeon. 6-9 Cliff Alexander should have an outstanding junior season in 12-13.

17 Whitney Young (16-9)

Results: Defeated Richards 60-39 and St. Rita 64-56

This Week: Tuesday vs. Simeon (4A Argo Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Now that the Dolphins are starting to get healthy, can they get revenge on Simeons 62-55 win back on December 22?

18 Seton (27-4)

Results: Defeated Herscher 59-48 and Leo 48-38

This Week: Tuesday vs. Providence-St. Mel (2A Joliet Central Super-Sectional)

Hoops Talk: The Sting won the state championship in 2009. A well-balanced lineup could have them going back to Peoria at weeks end.

19 St. Joseph (20-8)

Results: Defeated Glenbard South 68-65 and Farragut 58-50 OT

This Week: Wednesday vs. Marshall (3A Glenbard South Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: Reggie Johnson (13 points, six steals, five blocks) and the Chargers overcame 26 points and 11 boards from Farraguts Rashaun Stimage.

20 North Chicago (21-6)

Results: Defeated Fenton 87-41 and Elmwood Park 71-54

This Week: Tuesday vs. Grayslake Central (3A Grayslake Central Sectional Semifinal)

Hoops Talk: The Warhawks, paced by Illinois State recruit Aaron Simpson, have had G-Cs number. But how will they fare on the Rams home floor?

Looming & Lurking: Wheaton St. Francis, Thornton, Metea Valley, Mundelein, St. Viator, Oak Park, Grayslake Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Ridgewood, Niles North, Orr, De La Salle, Thornwood, Farragut, Riverside-Brookfield, North Shore Country Day, Providence-St. Mel, Hope Academy, York, Grant, Yorkville, St. Patrick.

Fire lose Open Cup epic in Cincinnati after penalties

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Fire lose Open Cup epic in Cincinnati after penalties

CINCINNATI —

A crowd of 32,287 in Cincinnati waited and waited and waited some more, but finally got what they wanted.

The host FC Cincinnati downed the Chicago Fire in penalty kicks after 120 minutes of goalless soccer.

It was all about the goalkeepers before penalty kicks with the Fire’s Matt Lampson and Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt combining for 17 saves. Hildebrandt improved on his crazy good night by denying Nemanja Nikolic, Arturo Alvarez and Juninho. Bastian Schweinsteiger was the only Fire player to convert a penalty in four rounds. Cincinnati missed its first penalty, but finished the next three.

In regulation, the Fire huffed and puffed in the first half, but didn’t really create much danger in front of Cincinnati’s goal. At halftime, the Fire had 78 percent of the possession, but couldn’t manage a shot on target.

Cincinnati’s game plan to defend deep and counter was stifling the Fire’s attack. The Fire only managed shots from outside the box that all missed the target. Matt Polster had an open shot in the box following a corner kick, but it was deflected wide by a sliding defender.

The home crowd of 32,287, which is the second biggest crowd in U.S. Open Cup history, didn’t have much to cheer in the first half, but Matt Lampson made the only save of the half when he came off his line to deny Danni Konig who got free down the left side.

Both the atmosphere and the game livened up in the second half. Both teams had multiple quality chances and both keepers, Lampson and Cincinnati’s Mitch Hildebrandt came up with big saves.

Lampson saved the game to deny a breakaway for Jimmy McLaughlin in added time just before regulation ended.

In extra time, Cincinnati thought it had the go-ahead goal from Andrew Wiedeman in the 110th minute, but it was called back for a close offside call. Hildebrandt and Lampson both came up with huge saves in the final minute of extra time to send the match to penalties.

Bears Talk Podcast: Breaking down camp competition at wide receiver

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Bears Talk Podcast: Breaking down camp competition at wide receiver

On this week’s Bears Talk Podcast, we hear from Markus Wheaton as Chris Boden and JJ Stankevitz discuss the training camp competition at slot receiver.

Boden and Stankevitz also weigh in on PFF ranking the Bears’ starting lineup 18th in the NFL, answer listener questions and add another layer of Aaron Rodgers envy.

Listen to the latest Bears Talk Podcast right here: