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Ben Brust is starting for Wisconsin. | FILE PHOTO

Ben Brust is starting for Wisconsin. | FILE PHOTO

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THE MASSEY RANKINGS

1) Young from Chicago Public League (4A).

2) Morgan Park from Chicago Public League (3A).

3) Simeon from Chicago Public League (4A).

8) Orr from Chicago Public League (3) — favorite to be playing Antioch Sectional winner in Round of 8 super-sectional at Hoffman Estates).

11) North Chicago (3A) — favorite to win the Antioch Sectional, but projected to lose to Orr in the Round of 8.

15) Stevenson (4A) — favorite to win the Waukegan Sectional and advance to the Round of 8 supersectional at NIU, where the Pats would be favored to win again and advance to the Final Four in Peoria.

24) St. Viator (4A) — After Stevenson, the highest-ranked team that comes to the Dog Pound in Waukegan for the sectional. Lions just got crushed at home by our Lake Forest Scouts.

31) Elgin Larkin (4A) — The highest-rated team that plays in the Hononegah Sectional. That sectional winner will play the Waukegan Sectional winner at NIU.

38) Lake Forest (4A) — If not Stevenson, then the Scouts.

45) Zion-Benton (4A.)

51) Warren (4A).

60) Mundelein (4A) — If not Stevenson or Lake Forest, then maybe the Mustangs.

107) Lakes (3A) — Can Eagles find a way to beat North Chicago? They believe they can, but have yet to prove it.

113) Waukegan (4A) — A major danger team in the postseason as long as it can stay out of foul trouble.

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE BOUNCING BALL

Mundelein High School grad/Wisconsin Badgers junior Ben Brust is averaging 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds game while starting every game this season. The Badgers are 13-6.

North Chicago High School grad/Lincoln Junior College freshman Aaron Simpson is averaging 20.6 points per game for the Lynx. He’s shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the arc. Lincoln, located in the central part of Illinois, is 15-6.

Deerfield High School grad/Wisconsin Badgers forward Duje Dukan is redshirting this year after two uneventful seasons on the Badger team. He’ll be a redshirt junior next year.

Waukegan High School grad/Fairfield University senior Colin Nickerson is averaging 22 minutes of action a game as the Stags’ sixth man. He’s scoring almost six points per game. The team is 10-10.

Warren High School grad/Western Illinois sixth-year senior Ceola Clark is having a banner final season, averaging 11.5 points and four assists per game as the team’s point guard. He’s shooting 43 percent from behind the arc, and WIU is 15-4.

Updated: February 27, 2013 6:08AM



Just a reminder before you read on that the No. 1-ranked college basketball team in the nation — Duke — lost its most recent game by 27 points to a team not ranked in the top 20.

With that thought in mind ...

Welcome to the Massey Ratings, which is a computer-driven system for ranking the high school basketball teams in Illinois from 1-787 without regard to class (1A-4A).

The Massey system, invented by a math whiz/computer guru named Kenneth Massey takes emotion, history and rooting bias out of the equation, which means Simeon High School from Chicago gets no points this season for winning the state title in Class 4A in each of the last three years.

In any case, many people follow the Massey ratings, and so we’re going to share some of what he’s saying as we head toward February.

■ He has Morgan Park from the Chicago Public League as a huge favorite to win the Class 3 state title.

Morgan Park and North Chicago wouldn’t meet until the state-championship game.

However ...

■ Massey doesn’t think North Chicago’s going to be playing in Peoria this March.

The computer has Orr from the Chicago Public League ranked No. 8 — three spots ahead of North Chicago.

The teams would meet in the Round of 8 supersectional at Hoffman Estates, where North Chicago beat Marshall last year en route to a second-place finish at state.

■ If, and it’s a big “if,” North Chicago makes it to Peoria, its semifinal-round foe could be either Cahokia (ranked No. 13) or Springfield Southeast (ranked No. 17).

■ Massey likes Stevenson right now to win the Waukegan Sectional in Class 4A and then win the Round of 8 super-sectional at NIU in DeKalb and advance to Peoria.

The highest-ranked team playing in the Hononegah Sectional is Elgin Larkin at No. 31.

The Hononegah Sectional winner and Waukegan Sectional winner will meet in the Round of 8.

■ If you’re wondering about the bottom-feeders — Nos. 780-787 — in the rankings, the operative word is “don’t.”

Chances are you haven’t heard of any of them.



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