By Joe Henricksen

The 68-team high school field would look like this

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While we're in the middle of the NCAA Tournament's first weekend, the City/Suburban Hoops Report tried to get creative and have some fun.

How about a 68-team high school tournament in the Chicago area tipping off this weekend as well?

So, just for the heck of it, the Hoops Report put together the inaugural -- and fictional -- City/Suburban Tournament.

The Hoops Report tried to emulate the parameters of the NCAA Tournament in putting together the field and matchups. We used the 29 conferences in the Chicago area that are primarily made up of Class 4A and Class 3A schools, including only the Red Division of the Chicago Public League. The conference champ from each league received an automatic bid.

Any two teams tied for the top spot in their respective conference received the automatic bid by A) Winning the head-to-head matchup or, if the teams split, B) Most overall wins on the season.

Then we added the 39 at-large bids for our City/Suburban Tournament Field of 68. All teams in the tournament field had to be either 4A or 3A schools.

All bids and seeds were given based on both regular season and the recently completed postseason results. Remember, it's fiction, so just recently completed state tournament play was factored in as we head into our very own "Big Dance."

The Hoops Report then broke the 68 teams into four separate regions -- South, North, West and City -- and seeded the top eight teams, keeping it geographically based when possible (as the NCAA Tournament committee does) but moving top teams to other regions to keep them as balanced as possible.

It's beautiful! The top prep powers are spread out, so no complaining about the Argo Sectional being too tough. The IHSA is out of the picture, so no complaining just to complain -- and no four classes! There's no committee; just the Hoops Report sending out invites and seeding the regions.

Our top overall No. 1 seeds? Simeon was the top seed in the City Region and the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. Morgan Park earned the top seed in the South Region, with Whitney Young the top seed in the West Region and Stevenson on the top line of the North Region.

City/Suburban Tournament Field
29 Automatic Qualifiers
Hinsdale Central
Proviso East
Neuqua Valley
Larkin
Wheaton Academy
Lincoln-Way North
Homewood-Flossmoor
Oswego
Bloom
Richards
Hillcrest
Kaneland
North Chicago
Stevenson
Schaumburg
Prospect
Riverside-Brookfield
Huntley
Crystal Lake Central
Benet Academy
Glenbard East
Maine South
Niles North
St. Rita
Loyola Academy
Curie
Foreman
Simeon
Orr

39 At-Large Bids
York
Oak Park-River Forest
DuSable
Metea Valley
Waubonsie Valley
St. Charles North
Geneva
Wheaton St. Francis
Joliet West
Bolingbrook
Rich East
Crete-Monee
Lemont
T.F. North
Lakes
Zion-Benton
Lake Forest
Mundelein
Warren
Marian Catholic
St. Viator
Niles Notre Dame
St. Patrick
West Aurora
Naperville Central
New Trier
Brother Rice
De La Salle
Fenwick
St. Joseph
St. Ignatius
Hyde Park
Morgan Park
Bogan
Young
Farragut
Marshall
Morton
Naperville North
Waukegan
Marist

The Last Four In
Metea Valley
Warren
Fenwick
Wheaton St. Francis

City/Suburban Tournament Top Eight Seeds By Region
North Region
(1) Stevenson
(2) Orr
(3) New Trier
(4) Niles Notre Dame
(5) Maine South
(6) St. Viator
(7) Zion-Benton
(8) Mundelein

South Region
(1) Morgan Park
(2) Marian Catholic
(3) Benet Academy
(4) Bloom
(5) Hillcrest
(6) Bogan
(7) Rich East
(8) Homewood-Flossmoor

West Region
(1) Whitney Young
(2) Proviso East
(3) West Aurora
(4) Oswego
(5) Neuqua Valley
(6) Larkin
(7) Joliet West
(8) Oak Park-River Forest

City Region
(1) Simeon
(2) Curie
(3) North Chicago
(4) Niles North
(5) Glenbard East
(6) Loyola Academy
(7) St. Rita
(8) St. Patrick

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Proposals like this that were acted upon would put the IHSA out of business.

Oh how I wish. Would love to see this play out over three weeks. Wish you would have seeded 1-16 cuz would love to see what all those matchups would have looked like.

who would be in the first four out? Next four out?

Notre Dame New Trier and Orr in the North, Niles North and Loyola in the city? Hmmmm.

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