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IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA Class 3A and Class 4A Boys Basketball Super-Sectional Preview

IHSA boys basketball state playoff highlights are coming to CSN and CSNChicago.com on Tuesday night as we'll have cameras all over the state for six of the eight super-sectional games.

Below we preview all eight super-sectional games in Class 3A and Class 4A as you can catch these highlights streaming on CSNChicago.com at 11 p.m.

These highlights will also air on TV as CSN Fast Break has the same highlights at 12 a.m. on Wednesday morning with re-runs airing all Wednesday morning on CSN and CSN+. 

Class 4A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

Whitney Young vs. Evanston, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago State -- This will be a tremendous matchup as the Dolphins and Wildkits are both playing great ball. Whitney Young (24-7) is a legitimate Class 4A state title contender as Lucas Williamson, Javon Freeman and Xavier Castaneda is a very talented perimeter trio. Evanston (28-3) is one of the most balanced teams in the state as senior Nojel Eastern is playing some of his best basketball of the season. 

Fremd vs. Jacobs, 8:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- These two teams are a combined 60-1 as this is a huge game for both conferences. The Vikings (30-0) are coming off a dramatic buzzer-beating win over Conant as Kyle Sliwa continues to be one of the area's most clutch players. Jacobs (30-1) knocked off Larkin in sectional play as senior big man Cameron Krutwig, a Loyola commit, nearly had a quadruple-double. 

Bolingbrook vs. Naperville North, 7:30 p.m. at NIU -- Bolingbrook is still unbeaten at full strength this season as they're peaking at the right time once again. The Raiders (28-1) had a dramatic comeback win over Joliet West to win a sectional title as senior Nana Akenten (Nebraska) leads the deepest team left in the field. Naperville North (25-5) is not a team to be taken lightly. The Huskies have wins over Wheaton-Warrenville South and Evanston this season as senior Mitch Lewis is one of the area's more underrated players. 

Other games in Class 4A

Edwardsville vs. Simeon, 7:00 p.m. at ISU -- This could very well be considered the Class 4A state title game as these might be the two best teams in Illinois. The Wolverines are playing great ball lately as they've recently taken down Marist and Thornton in impressive fashion. Senior Evan Gilyard and juniors Kezo Brown and Talen Horton-Tucker form a talented trio that is leading the way for a deep and balanced team. Edwardsville counters with Mr. Basketball favorite Mark Smith as the unsigned senior is having a monster final season. 

Class 3A Super-Sectionals (bracket order)

St. Viator vs. Fenwick, 6:00 p.m. at Sears Centre -- The Friars (28-4) will be the heavy favorite in this one against St. Viator (15-16) as they have one of the most balanced teams left. Fenwick has talented seniors like Jacob Keller and Jamal Nixon while freshman D.J. Steward has emerged as one of the area's most productive newcomers. St. Viator is below .500 but they went 6-3 in a rugged ESCC to prepare for games like this. 

Marengo vs. Bloomington, 6:00 p.m. at NIU -- Bloomington (25-4) has had high expectations all season long while playing in events filled with Chicago-area teams like the Pontiac Holiday Tournament and the Martin Luther King event at Wheaton-Warrenville South. They face Marengo (25-7) as the Indians are coming off a strong season in the Kiswaukee Valley.

Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7:00 p.m. at Joliet Central -- Morgan Park (23-6) will be the favorites in this one behind junior guard Ayo Dosunmu as he's been one of the area's best players this season. Hillcrest (22-7) already lost to the Mustangs by 18 points in December at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament but they have played well recently to make another super-sectional appearance.

Other games in Class 3A

Centralia vs. Lanphier, 7:00 p.m. at Prairie Convention Ctr. -- Lanphier (27-3) is getting great play from Yaakema Rose during the state tournament as they're going to be favored in this one. Centralia (22-9) has won six consecutive games as their defense has been very good during the state tournament. 

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.