By Michael O'Brien

Can Simeon beat Oak Hill?

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Tonight's the night. ESPN is in town and Oak Hill is ready. Can the Wolverines pull off the upset?

Sure, Oak Hill is 22-0 with an average margin of victory of 29 points. But it's not as crazy a thought as you might think.

Julian Wright and Homewood-Flossmoor knocked off Oak Hill two years ago in Kentucky. Oak Hill won the national title and only lost one other time that season.

In 1999, Westinghouse, with no player taller than 6-3, beat Oak Hill 58-57 at the KMOX Shootout in St. Louis.

Here are some snippets from Daryl Van Schouwen's article in the Sun-Times on the Westinghouse-Oak Hill upset:

"ST. LOUIS—The best little basketball team in Chicago beat the
best high school team in the nation Thursday night.

Westinghouse, which starts no player taller than 6-3, never
stopped pressing, scrapping and badgering Oak Hill Academy's five
Division I recruits in the Coca-Cola; KMOX Shootout.

The Warriors' big hearts and fighting spirit paid off in the
end. The area's No. 1 team bounced back from several deficits,
including an eight-point margin in the final 2:50, to win 58-57 on
5-10 senior guard Martell Bailey's eight-foot shot from the middle of
the lane with 3.3 seconds left.

The defeat was the first for Oak Hill - named national champion
by USA Today last season - in two seasons. Westinghouse's seniors
improved their four-year record including frosh-soph games to an
extraordinary 104-1."

Like Westinghouse, Simeon has had an incredibly successful run with this group of seniors. It's the perfect receipe for an upset. Oak Hill is incredibly talented, but they have only been playing together as a team since November. The key Simeon players have been together for seven years.

Whichever way it goes, it is bound to be a remarkable night for Chicago high school basketball.

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not sure that sim can do it. maybe. if pooh starts hot

Rose will be Rose Tim will be Tim, but the others will be... the supporting cast must step up and have the game of thier lives. Simeon is the best team in the state but Oak Hill is a diffent monster with all of those guys from all over the country.They must stop Jennings and Smith; Rob will come up with a good game plan to defeat this team,a good slow tempo with a hard nose box in one on Smith should do the trick. GO BLUE!

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