I've seen Marian Catholic play once, in a losing effort against Benet. Depending on which news source you consult, the Spartans are either 18-2, 19-2 or 20-2. Whatever; suffice it to say they're real good. Marian is ranked No. 7 by the Trib and Sun-Times, and No. 11 by MaxPreps. Point guard Tyler Ulis (who is reason enough to drive out to the northwest suburbs) has 495 points, 50 assists and 27 rebounds on the year. Wow!
St. Viator, on the other hand, is either 14-3 or 13-4 and ranked only No. 35 by MaxPreps. So, am I headed for a blowout? I don't think so.
The Lions are led by a kid named Ore Arogundade, above. The 6'3" guard is the conference leader in rebounds with 52 (ahead of Benet's Sean O'Mara and Pat McInerney). The Nigerian-born junior (no birther jokes, please) also has 240 points and 11 assists on the season.
St. Viator has beaten such schools as Prospect, 63-54; Conant, 45-36; Marist, 55-44; Loyola, 55-53; and Fremd, 52-45. Their losses have all come at the hands of quality programs: St. Patrick, 58-55; Niles North, 67-49; and Lake Forest, 66-53.
So do I think the Lions can hand the Spartans their third loss tonight? No. But I do think it'll be a good game. See you there!