By Joe Henricksen

Hoops Report's sectional seeds

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The IHSA determined a few years ago to do away with the annual seeding meetings, where coaches would huddle in a room, argue their case, listen to other coaches and decide where to seed the 20-plus teams in each sectional.

So now coaches, who spend winter nights driving to scout teams and drive to camps, summer leagues and endless shootouts in the offseason, can't get together for one important night to seed a sectional?

Sadly, everything is now done online with a very little accountability as coaches can hide behind a computer, choose not to do much homework before seeding. The seeds will be entered early this week and released later this week.

The City/Suburban Hoops Report takes a look at the 4A sectionals around the Chicago area and provides the top eight seeds in each sectional. The Hoops Report took into account won-loss records and head-to-head results, which coaches all look at. But what is sometimes not looked at close enough is schedule strength and how teams are playing of late. And no one takes into account the old fashioned eye test.

It's not easy, especially with a flurry of upsets this past weekend the Hoops Report highlighted in this blog, but here is a look at how the Hoops Report would seed the top eight teams in each Class 4A sectional.

Bolingbrook Sectional
1. Benet Academy
2. Oswego
3. West Aurora
4. Neuqua Valley
5. Bolingbrook
6. Naperville Central
7. Hinsdale Central
8. Metea Valley

Overview: An awfully tough sectional to seed, especially due to the fact there has only been one matchup between any of the top five teams -- West Aurora vs. Benet on Saturday. Although there could be an argument made for the top seed, no team has played a tougher schedule or recorded bigger wins than Benet, including a very convincing win over West Aurora this past weekend. Oswego's record and impressive victories over the likes of Proviso East, New Trier and Homewood-Flossmoor gets them the No. 2 seed. Although it was early, Naperville Central did beat Hinsdale Central and has 14 wins, which gets them the No. 6 seed. The Hoops Report pushes Hinsdale Central, which beat Metea Valley and is playing very well, up to the No. 7 seed. The Red Devils don't have a single bad loss among their five. Metea Valley, which has played very well since a 1-4 start, gets the edge over Waubonsie Valley and Lemont for the No. 8 seed.

Schaumburg Sectional
1. Proviso East
2. York
3. Oak Park-River Forest
4. Proviso West
5. Glenbard East
6. Bartlett
7. Morton
8. Riverside-Brookfield

Overview: There isn't a sectional in the Chicago area with so few head-to-head matchups between teams to help sort out the top eight seeds. Proviso East and York are no-brainers in the top two slots. Then it gets messy. Trying to figure out 3-10? Good luck. Proviso West has played a quality schedule and has played well of late, beating Oak Park and York in the last two weeks. Glenbard East knocked off West Aurora, has played a competitive schedule and has a 14-6 record.

Glenbrook North Sectional
1. Niles Notre Dame
2. Niles North
3. Maine South
4. New Trier
5. Loyola Academy
6. St. Patrick
7. Foreman
8. Glenbrook North

Overview: A pretty deep, balanced sectional that might be the most difficult sectional to seed at the top. Just when you think you had it all figured out, Loyola Academy and New Trier record huge wins this past weekend. Niles Notre Dame owns a close win over Niles North back in December and, over the course of two-plus months, has been the best team. And how about this? Maine South, New Trier and Loyola have a combined one loss in the month of January -- and that was Maine South beating New Trier. All three are red-hot, but Maine South beat New Trier and New Trier beat Loyola back in November.

Argo Sectional
1. Simeon
2. Whitney Young
3. Curie
4. Brother Rice
5. St. Rita
6. Bogan
7. Marist
8. De La Salle

Overview: This one, despite loaded, is simplistic when figuring out the seeds. Simeon beat Young; Curie beat St. Rita. But St. Rita's loss this past weekend to Hales Franciscan was puzzling and leaves them with seven losses. Brother Rice is 18-3, with a pair of losses to teams (Marian Catholic and Neuqua Valley) with a combined record of 44-5). Flip a coin but these two Catholic League teams will play one another in a regional final either way.

Thornton Sectional
1. Marian Catholic
2. Bloom
3. Homewood-Flossmoor
4. Joliet West
5. T.F. North
6. Crete-Monee
7. Lincoln-Way North
8. Thornton

Overview: How about this: Marian Catholic is a No. 1 seed ... In basketball! Bloom and H-F split this year, but it's clear Bloom, which beat H-F earlier this month, has been the more impressive team this season. Joliet West has played a very competitive schedule, while Crete-Monee has scuffled of late. Lincoln-Way North knocked off Thornton 66-51in January and has won eight of its last 10.

Waukegan Sectional
1. Stevenson
2. St. Viator
3. Warren
4. Mundelein
5. Lake Forest
6. Zion-Benton
7. Waukegan
8. Fremd

Overview: A nightmare of a sectional to try and figure out. After Stevenson at No. 1, everyone else has similar records and have knocked each other off among the teams that will be seeded 2-6. So the Hoops Report went with strength of schedule and awarded St. Viator the No. 2 seed. After that, the Hoops Report's seeds may surprise you. But here's the logic ... Zion-Benton suffered a recent bad loss, falling to Libertyville, which dropped the Zee-Bees from top four consideration. Lake Forest has scuffled of late, losing three of its last four. So Mundelein, with two wins over Zion-Benton and a recent win over Lake Forest, moves up the seeding ladder despite just a 12-9 record. And so does Warren. The Blue Devils beat Mundelein and Lake Forest in the past week, knocked off top-seed Stevenson earlier this year, has won four out of five and has played a very tough schedule (losses to ranked teams in North Chicago, West Aurora and Curie). Waukegan's schedule and win over Schaumburg this past weekend pushes the Bulldogs ahead of the Mid-Suburban League teams.

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i am always amazed how all you sports writers seem unable to give kevin kozan his due.. kevin has made the all-catholic team the last 2 years as a point guard ( soph and junior year ). this year, his senior year, he is averaging 23 points in the catholic league and will again make the all catholic team. he most likely will be one of the top 3 scorers or may well be the leader with only 2 games to play.. with all this going how is it you can't even mention his name??? your choices for the catholic south team were good players but kevin as good or better than all of them..

SO curie has what, 6 or 7 losses, yet they are 3 in your rankings? Then you mention the stats on the two rice losses? Ranking on potential or results?

joe, you seem to miss my point.. i was talking about your choices for the all catholic south team.. you picked 6 players and kevin wasn't one of them.. if anything you could have added a 7th ( kevin )... i am sure he will be on the real team if not yours... bill

Joe, do you give Benet the edge over Oswego because they have played a tougher schedule and more quality wins? I am just curious. Do you think ohs still has a shot at a 1 seed??

Joe, explain why you have Oswego ranked ahead of Benet in your overall rankings, but seeded under them for the sectional?


Correction, Mundelein has only beat Zion Benton once this season, and it was the week their longtime scorekeeper passed on. They won an emotional victory, but this is a ZB team, with Greg Swane now academically eligible, that can do some damage. Stevenson is still the team to beat.

Also, answer me this, Zion has easily beat Lake Forest twice this season, leading each game from start to finish. How would they get a higher seed than Zion. Their strength of schedule is similar, and Zion owns a good win over Stevenson.

Come on Joe, give those Zee Bees some credit. They have the least appreciated player in the county in Milik Yarbrough, who could easily break the all-time Lake County scoring record next year as a senior. That guy is immensely underrated.


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