Friday, January 30, 2015
I'll be in Bronzeville...
The Mustangs (15-2, 7-0 conference), are ranked No. 2 in the Sun-Times and MaxPreps and No. 3 in the Tribune. Ray Manzarek's alma mater is led by Kentucky-bound Charles Matthews, whom Michael O'Brien of the Times is touting for Player of the Year.
As best as I can tell, St. Rita beat Curie, Simeon, Homewood-Flossmoor, Rockford Auburn, Kenwood, De La Salle, Indianapolis Arsenal Technical (IN) and Chaminade (MO). That's an impressive list! That last team, the Red Devils, is ranked No. 2 in the state of Missouri by MaxPreps. The Mustangs also split with St. Joseph and lost to Christ the King (NY), which is ranked No. 5 in the state of New York by MaxPreps.
Hales (17-2, 6-1), meanwhile, is ranked No. 4 in the Times, No. 6 in the Trib and No. 11 in MaxPreps. The Spartans beat Hillcrest, Thornwood, Fenwick, Marquette (MI), Bolingbrook, Rich South and De La Salle, while losing to St. Joseph by four points and St. Francis Borgia (MO) by only a point.
The big question -- besides where in Hyde Park will I have dinner before the game -- is can Hales knock off mighty St. Rita at home?
P. S. I'll be live-tweeting the contest @BoringOldWhtGuy. See you there!