CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 11

CSN Preps Basketball Power Rankings: Week 11
February 10, 2014, 9:00 am
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Scott Phillips

It was an interesting week in the CSN Preps Power Rankings as we saw teams from all over the Top 25 fall to ranked and unranked opponents. The biggest weekend belonged to No. Stevenson, as the Patriots avenged their early-season loss to Zion-Benton by beating the Zee-Bees at home and also beating a solid Benet team at the Batavia Night of Hoops.

[RELATED: Week 10 Preps Power Rankings]

A couple of teams re-enter the Top 25 this week as St. Rita and Maine South have both won six straight games.

We'll have many of these teams and more of the top Chicago matchups on this week's edition of High School Lites live at 11 p.m., Friday on CSN Chicago and streaming on the website at CSNChicago.com

1. Curie (21-1) (1)

The Condors are a 1-seed in the Public League Playoffs and they took down North Lawndale in the second round. Now a quarterfinal matchup with No. 9 Simeon looms on Sunday in a rematch of the finals at Pontiac which went to the Condors.

2. Stevenson (21-1) (2)

Great weekend for Stevenson as they got revenge over No. 6 Zion-Benton and also picked up a quality win over Benet. With Matt Johnson in the lineup, the Patriots are still unbeaten on the season.

3. Marian Catholic (19-2) (4)

The Spartans took down Richards and Notre Dame as McDonald's All-American Tyler Ulis continues to play at a high level. The favorites in the East Suburban Catholic Conference have two more games against Providence and St. Patrick this week.

4. Whitney Young (19-5) (6)

Curie isn't the only Top 5 team that will be tested in the Public League Playoffs. The Dolphins will face No. 10 Morgan Park in the quarterfinals in what should be a great game.

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5. Orr (19-3) (5)

The Spartans were tested by King in the second round of the Public League Playoffs, but they got past them and will now face Red-North winner Uplift. Can Orr make it to the city semifinals?

6. Zion-Benton (20-2) (3)

The Zee-Bees fell at Stevenson, but were missing key frontline bench player Jerome Davis. Davis was a big reason Zion-Benton won against Stevenson earlier in the season and was missed on Friday. The Zee-Bees will try to get on the right track against Lake Zurich this week.

7. Fremd (20-0) (7)

Fremd gets another test on Friday when they face Conant in a battle of the top two teams in the Mid-Suburban League West. The Vikings gutted out a road overtime win over Evanston and it was Fremd's best win since the new year began.

8. Loyola (19-2) (8)

The Ramblers can stay unbeaten against teams from Illinois if they can get past No. 19 St. Joseph next Friday. Senior guard Jack Morrissey picked up his first Division I scholarship offer from Chicago State last week and he's part of an experienced Loyola team that is playing really good basketball.

9. Simeon (18-4) (9)

The Wolverines survived a feisty Lane team in the second round of the Public League Playoffs and they'll face No. 1 Curie in the quarterfinals now on Sunday. Can Simeon get revenge on Curie after losing to them at Pontiac?

10. Morgan Park (16-5) (11)

Morgan Park would certainly love to knock off No. 4 Whitney Young on Sunday. That's the task facing the Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the Public League Playoffs. Keep an eye out for Morgan Park 6-foot-10 junior Lamous Brown, who is getting more minutes lately for the Mustangs in preparation for facing elite big men like Jahlil Okafor.

11. York (22-2) (13)

The Dukes continue to win as they've remained unbeaten in the West Suburban Silver at 9-0. York will still have to win on the road against Hinsdale Central and Oak Park-River Forest to claim the league crown, however.

12. Proviso East (17-4) (14)

The Pirates have also been able to remain unbeaten in conference play as they're atop the West Suburban Gold. Proviso East earned a win over Proviso West this weekend but this week they'll be tested when they face Hinsdale South and Morton.

13. North Chicago (19-3) (16)

The Warhawks finally have JayQuan McCloud back in the lineup and with their potent trio back in-tact, North Chicago is once again a Class 3A favorite. North Chicago is leading the North Suburban Prairie once again as Kurt Hall and Javairius Amos-Mays are playing good ball.

14. Bogan (24-4) (10)

Tough loss for Bogan to Farragut in the second round of the Public League Playoffs. With losses at Proviso West and the Public League Playoffs how will Bogan fare in the state playoffs with its lack of senior leadership?

15. Larkin (20-3) (17)

The Royals continue to win and they'll be tested when they face Upstate Eight River opponent No. 24 Geneva on Friday. If Larkin can contain Nate Navigato, they'll be tough to beat as they hold a three-game lead in the league as it is.

[MORE: High School Lites Week 10 roundup]

16. Lake Forest (18-4) (18)

Really good week for the Scouts as they picked up a win at Warren and a home win over No. 22 St. Viator. Junior Evan Boudreaux's 40-point, 20-rebound effort against St. Viator is one of the top area performances this season. Lake Forest has a tough game with Deerfield on Tuesday.

17. West Aurora (17-4) (12)

The Blackhawks were playing great ball until a loss against Naperville Central at home prevented a perfect run through the DuPage Valley Conference. West Aurora is still the favorite in that league, but can they bounce back and be a state title contender?

18. Mount Carmel (17-6) (20)

The Caravan are at eight consecutive wins following a win on the road at No. 25 Fenwick as David Nichols continues to play really good ball. Mount Carmel is peaking at the right time and playing very good ball in the Catholic League North.

19. St. Joseph (18-4) (21)

Jordan Ash is back for the Chargers and they'll have a battle for first place with No. 8. Loyola on Friday. The Chargers slipped up with a few losses to Top 25 teams Orr and Mount Carmel in recent weeks. Can a healthy St. Joseph get back on track?

20. Thornwood (16-4) (24)

One of the season's best stories is Thornwood, as the T-Birds own a two-game lead in the SouthWest Suburban Red following a Tuesday win over previously-ranked Thornton on the road. Thornwood is winning despite missing Donte Thomas and this team can really get hot from the perimeter.

21. St. Rita (13-6) (NR)

Since a 7-6 start facing a difficult national schedule, the Mustangs have gotten healthy and rattled off six straight victories. Dominique Matthews continues to play like an All-Area candidate and the senior is putting up great numbers.

22. St. Viator (17-5) (15)

The Lions lost in overtime at No. 16 Lake Forest and their big issue is waiting until its too late to overcome a late deficit. St. Viator was able to overcome Sean O'Mara and Benet at home, but the Lions couldn't slow down Evan Boudreaux and the Scouts on the road. St. Viator has to stop elite big men to be a title contender.

23. Maine South (19-5) (NR)

The Hawks have also won six straight games and five of those wins came by at least 12 points. The win over Evanston at home puts the Hawks in the driver's seat of the Central Suburban League South with a two-game lead. This team is patient and will be a dangerous out for any opponent come March.

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24. Geneva (19-4) (25)

The Vikings have won six straight games entering Friday's matchup with No. 15 Larkin in a matchup of the top two teams in the Upstate Eight River. The Vikings are three games behind conference unbeaten, Larkin, but its still a chance to prove they're the real deal heading into March.

25. Fenwick (15-7) (19)

The Friars fell to No. 18 Mount Carmel at home on Friday but Fenwick is still really talented and has played a really difficult schedule. The Catholic League North has four teams in the Top 25 and the Friars have also tested themselves regularly in the non-conference portion of the schedule, so they'll be ready come March.

Previously ranked: No. 22 Bolingbrook (15-4), No. 23 Thornton (13-5)

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