Previewing this weekend's Public League quarterfinals

Previewing this weekend's Public League quarterfinals
February 14, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Scott Phillips

The Public League quarterfinals on Sunday will be a great collection of matchups as four really good games go down at Chicago State.

Eight teams are left in the Public League Playoffs, and defending city champion Whitney Young is still in the equation as they face Morgan Park in the day's most anticipated matchup.

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Here's a look at what's in store for each matchup.

Farragut (11-11) vs. Hyde Park (17-8), 12 p.m.

Farragut struggled during Red-West play but has been playing well down the stretch as Ashawn Jones and Ernest Johnson have been playing good ball for the Admirals. Hyde Park has had a solid season and just couldn't get over the hump against Curie. Now they have a shot at the Public League Playoff semifinals and as Marcus Smith, Antoine Pike and Martin Oliver have all played well this season. This should be a good opening matchup.

Uplift (23-3) vs. No. 5 Orr (19-3), 2 p.m.

Orr is favored in this one because they've been ranked in the top 10 for the entire season and they're a state title contender, as well. Their senior-laden lineup is long, athletic and has some skill, too. Uplift is rolling to a high win total, but they've struggled against elite teams, such as Morton at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. But Uplift is deep, as well, and if they can knock down some shots, they can stay with Orr and have a shot.

No. 4 Whitney Young (19-5) vs. No. 10 Morgan Park (16-5), 4 p.m.

The defending city champion Dolphins have a tough quarterfinal matchup against Morgan Park, with this one having the potential to be great. Whitney Young has the talented senior trio of Jahlil Okafor, Paul White and Miles Reynolds, but they have to get past Morgan Park's deep and talented team. Can the Mustangs slow down Okafor? Lamous Brown, a 6-foot-11 center, has been getting more minutes in the city playoffs to prepare to face Okafor, and Josh Cunningham and Lamont Walker are seniors with length and experience. This should be the day's most anticipated matchup.

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No. 1 Curie (21-1) vs. No. 9 Simeon (18-4), 6 p.m.

Not to be overlooked, this should be a great game, a rematch of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament championship game. Cliff Alexander and Curie got the best of Simeon at Pontiac, but the Wolverines are more balanced and experienced since then. Can the Wolverines slow down Cliff Alexander — and the Stamps brothers, Joseph and Joshua — enough to stop the Condors? That will be the big question because Simeon might not have the offense to keep up with Curie if the Condors' offense is really rolling.