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Class 3A-4A IHSA boys basketball championships on CSN+

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Class 3A-4A IHSA boys basketball championships on CSN+

CSN Chicago will be carrying live coverage of the IHSA boys basketball semifinals with Class 3A and 4A. Each telecast will be streamed live on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv, and will be made available via the NBC Sports app on tablets and smart phones.

CSN will also air highlights packages throughout the weekend, and live stream every postgame press conference.

Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com's Channel finder or IHSA.org for complete channel location details for all games throughout the state. 

[LIVE STREAM: Watch the IHSA Boys Basketball State Championships on CSN]

For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN's live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link: www.csnchicago.com/live-faq.

Check out Saturday's schedule:

Class 3A

Consolation: Bloomington 62, Lanphier 56

Championship: Morgan Park 69, Fenwick 67

Class 4A

Consolation: Fremd vs. Bolingbrook, 5:30 p.m. CSN+ -- Fremd (31-1) and Bolingbrook (29-2) try to compete for third place in Class 4A in this one. The Vikings saw their unbeaten season come to an end at the hands of Whitney Young but the Vikings have some talented seniors in Shaan Patel and Kyle Sliwa. Bolingbrook has one of the deepest teams in the state as seniors Nana Akenten and Malik Binns are playing in their final high school games.

Championship: Simeon vs. Whitney Young, 7:15 p.m. CSN+ -- The rematch of the two city rivals comes for a state title as the Wolverines (29-3) battle the Dolphins (26-5).

Simeon won the first matchup between these two teams at UIC Pavilion in December as they come in as the favorite here. Senior point guard Evan Gilyard is a steady floor general and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker are both playing well. Big man Messiah Jones has also been active throughout the state playoffs for Simeon.

Whitney Young is peaking at the right time as senior Lucas Williamson has plenty of help from juniors Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda. If Castaneda plays up to his vast potential then the Dolphins will have a chance at beating Simeon the second time around.

High School Lites Podcast: What is the greatest high school football rivalry in Illinois?

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High School Lites Podcast: What is the greatest high school football rivalry in Illinois?

Excellent teams. Tradition. Locality. Fan base animosity.

They’re the cornerstones of what make a great high school football rivalry. In this edition of CSN Chicago’s High School Lites podcast, Joe Collins, Jared Storck and “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran dive into this topic and discuss which ones stand out above the rest in Illinois.

The panel also breaks down the newly-released IHSA playoff outlook and discuss the early candidates for offensive player of the year. They’ll also look ahead to Friday’s matchups, which feature several teams jostling for playoff position.

Listen to the High School Lites Podcast below:

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander commits to UT Chattanooga

Curie senior guard Maurice Commander ended his recruitment on Tuesday night by committing to UT Chattanooga on Twitter.

"I chose UT-Chattanooga, because deep down inside, I knew I could trust (new Mocs head coach Lamont) Paris and the staff," Commander said to CSN. "They believed in me from the jump! I know for a fact that I could go to war with this coaching staff."

The 6-foot-0 Commander was one of the area's best point guards and perimeter shooters last season as he helped Marist become a consistent presence in the CSN Preps Power Rankings.

Transferring to Public League powerhouse Curie this offseason, Commander made his presence immediately felt with the Condors this summer when he buried five first-half three-pointers against Simeon during June's annual Riverside-Brookfield Shootout. 

Curie eventually went on to win the loaded summer event as they once again look like a major threat for a city and state championship this season with Commander as a major piece. 

Commander selected UT Chattanooga over his other finalist, UC-Davis, as Paris is very familiar with recruiting the Chicagoland area. 

A former assistant coach at Wisconsin since 2010 before taking the UT Chattanooga head job this spring, Paris recruited Illinois before for the Badgers as he is plenty familiar with the area.