<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "13 basketball races to watch originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com"data-reactid =" 22 "> 13 boys' basketball conference events to follow appeared originally on nbcsportschicago.com

Now that the conference season is warming up in high school basketball, it is time to look at some of the races that deserve to be monitored in the coming months. Many of these conferences are tight at the moment, as the races will prepare the teams for the playoffs in March with some great games against known opponents.

Here's a look at 13 leagues with good races to watch and some of the teams still involved. We will be presenting many of these teams and conferences in the coming months at High School Lites.

Catholic blue

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: DePaul Prep (12-3, 6-0) retains a strong lead early in the race as the Ram attempt to prove themselves as Peoria's potential team. St. Laurence (16-3, 5-2), Brother Rice (12-6, 4-2) and Loyola (13-4, 4-3) have all been in the Preps Power standings this season as none of this group. can knock DePaul to the top. Fenwick (9-7, 3-4) is a black horse who played a difficult program. "Data-reactid =" 28 ">The teams to watch: DePaul Prep (12-3, 6-0) retains a strong lead early in the race as the Ram attempt to prove themselves as Peoria's potential team. St. Laurence (16-3, 5-2), Brother Rice (12-6, 4-2) and Loyola (13-4, 4-3) have all been in the Preps Power standings this season as none of this group. can knock DePaul to the top. Fenwick (9-7, 3-4) is a black horse who played a difficult program.

Catholic white

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Overview: With an intriguing mix of classes, the white division of the Catholic League has been fun at the start of the season. Also with several teams ranked, the White Division could have three state suitors of different classes. "Data-reactid =" 30 ">Overview: With an intriguing mix of classes, the white division of the Catholic League has been fun at the start of the season. Also with several teams ranked, the White Division could have three state suitors of different classes.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Leo (13-3, 5-1) and Sainte-Rita (12-6, 6-1) are good enough to be in the top 25 and look like the teams to take over to win the conference. Providence-St. Mel (12-4, 5-2) is another ranked team that is also among the top ranked 1A state teams. Mount Carmel (12-6, 4-3) is a fourth team of 12 wins to play at a solid level after the holidays. "Data-reactid =" 31 ">The teams to watch: Leo (13-3, 5-1) and Sainte-Rita (12-6, 6-1) are good enough to be in the top 25 and look like the teams to take over to win the conference. Providence-St. Mel (12-4, 5-2) is another ranked team that is also among the top ranked 1A state teams. Mount Carmel (12-6, 4-3) is a fourth team of 12 victories playing at a solid level after the holidays.

CSL South

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Overview: Another league that is great every year, CSL South still has a lot of contenders this season. Two of the teams are ranked and are looking for the credibility of the state, while a second group of three teams is there to count. "Data-reactid =" 33 ">Overview: Another league that is great every year, CSL South still has a lot of contenders this season. Two of the teams are ranked and push for the credibility of the state, while a second group of three teams is there to count.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: The classic rivals Evanston (16-3, 4-1) and New Trier (15-2, 5-0) are the two best teams in the league in depth since they play for the first time on Friday night. Glenbrook South (11-4, 2-2) surprised this season and found himself in the Power standings after a quick win over the Wildkits. And Maine South (10-6, 2-2) and Niles North (9-6, 1-3) have the talent to steal the victories of the top teams and return to the race. "Data-reactid =" 34 ">The teams to watch: The classic rivals Evanston (16-3, 4-1) and New Trier (15-2, 5-0) are the two best teams in the league in depth since they play for the first time on Friday night. Glenbrook South (11-4, 2-2) surprised this season and found himself in the Power standings after a quick win over the Wildkits. And Maine South (10-6, 2-2) and Niles North (9-6, 1-3) have the talent to steal the victories of the top teams and return to the race.

Dukane

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Geneva (15-0, 4-0) was one of the best teams in the region because it gives DuKane immediate credibility. Wheaton North (9-7, 4-1), WW South (11-4, 3-2) and St. Charles East (10-7, 3-2) are also teams capable of defeating the Vikings, each with good wins to start this season. Lake Park (11-5, 2-3) is another team with double-digit wins that can do damage. "Data-reactid =" 37 ">The teams to watch: Geneva (15-0, 4-0) was one of the best teams in the region because it gives DuKane immediate credibility. Wheaton North (9-7, 4-1), WW South (11-4, 3-2) and St. Charles East (10-7, 3-2) are also teams capable of defeating the Vikings, each with good wins to start this season. Lake Park (11-5, 2-3) is another team with double-digit wins that can do damage.

CCHS

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Overview: Each year, one of the best leagues in the region, the CCHS is a little heavier than the best years. But although the league is no longer as balanced as before, the CCHS presents perhaps the best conference race in the area between really talented ranked teams. "Data-reactid =" 39 ">Overview: Each year, one of the best leagues in the region, the CCHS is a little heavier than the best years. But while the league is not as balanced as it once was, the CLEC offers perhaps the best conference race in the region between really talented ranked teams.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Marian Catholic (15-1, 4-0), Benet (13-3, 3-0) and St. Viator (14-2, 2-0) are three undefeated teams in the group for the league title. the best teams of zones. Carmel (12-8, 2-1), Notre-Dame (10-7, 1-1) and St. Patrick (10-7) are three other programs that could be inspired by the second pillar. But for the moment, it looks a lot like a three-team race. & Nbsp; "data-reactid =" 40 ">The teams to watch: Marian Catholic (15-1, 4-0), Benet (13-3, 3-0) and St. Viator (14-2, 2-0) are three undefeated teams in the group for the league title. the best teams of zones. Carmel (12-8, 2-1), Notre-Dame (10-7, 1-1) and St. Patrick (10-7) are three other programs that could be inspired by the second pillar. But for the moment, this is mostly like a three-team race.

Fox Valley

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Crystal Lake Central (11-4, 5-0) is the only undefeated in five games while Hampshire (10-5, 5-1), Dundee-Crown (12-3, 4-2) and Huntley (9-5 , 4-2) are all in both games. And although Cary-Grove (11-5, 3-3) and Crystal Lake South (11-6, 3-3) are 3-3 in the league, both have double-digit wins while showing their ability to hang out with anyone. in the conference. "data-reactid =" 47 ">The teams to watch: Crystal Lake Central (11-4, 5-0) is the only undefeated in five games while Hampshire (10-5, 5-1), Dundee-Crown (12-3, 4-2) and Huntley (9-5 , 4-2) are all in both games. And although Cary-Grove (11-5, 3-3) and Crystal Lake South (11-6, 3-3) are 3-3 in the league, both have double-digit wins while showing their ability to hang out with anyone. in the conference.

Metro Suburban Blue

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Riverside-Brookfield (13-3, 4-0) made a comeback on the local scene since it was ranked before this season. Aurora Christian (14-3, 2-0) and Chicago Christian (14-5, 4-1) are both firmly engaged in the conference race and represent only a handful of local teams out of a total of 14 wins. And McNamara (12-7, 2-3) is posing as a threat in the middle of the conference. & Nbsp; "data-reactid =" 50 ">The teams to watch: Riverside-Brookfield (13-3, 4-0) made a comeback on the local scene since it was ranked before this season. Aurora Christian (14-3, 2-0) and Chicago Christian (14-5, 4-1) are both firmly engaged in the conference race and represent only a handful of local teams out of a total of 14 wins. And McNamara (12-7, 2-3) is posing as a threat in the middle of the conference.

West Mid-Suburban

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Fremd (12-3, 4-0) has climbed among the top 25 teams after being proven by several quality wins at the Hardwood Wheeling Classic. Schaumburg (12-5, 3-1) and Barrington (12-5, 2-2) both scored solid points this season as they flew out of sight. The Broncos beat the Saxons by one point. "Data-reactid =" 53 ">The teams to watch: Fremd (12-3, 4-0) has climbed among the top 25 teams after being proven by several quality wins at the Hardwood Wheeling Classic. Schaumburg (12-5, 3-1) and Barrington (12-5, 2-2) both scored solid points this season as they flew on the screen as the Broncos beat the Saxons by one point .

Public League Red South / Central

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Overview: Perhaps the most storied conference of the state, the Red South / Central Division of the Public League brings together several contenders for the title and the top ten teams. The clashes between the top teams usually mark any week of play and this season has not been different. "Data-reactid =" 55 ">Overview: Perhaps the most storied conference of the state, the Red South / Central Division of the Public League brings together several contenders for the title and the top ten teams. The clashes between the top teams usually mark any week of play and this season has not been different.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Curie (16-1, 4-0) seemed to be the best team in the region to start the season after his victory at Pontiac. Morgan Park (12-3, 3-1) and Bogan (14-2, 3-2) won respectively Ursa Major and Proviso West, which were among the top five teams for most of the season. Simeon (7-9, 2-2) is still in the top 10 despite his tough start, while Kenwood (11-5, 3-2) is another top-25 team. "Data-reactid =" 56 ">The teams to watch: Curie (16-1, 4-0) seemed to be the best team in the region to start the season after his victory at Pontiac. Morgan Park (12-3, 3-1) and Bogan (14-2, 3-2) won respectively Ursa Major and Proviso West, which were among the top five teams for most of the season. Simeon (7-9, 2-2) is still in the top 10 despite his tough start while Kenwood (11-5, 3-2) is another top 25.

Public League Red North / West

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Overview: While the other Red Division of the Public League has more power in the stars, the Red North / West is the deeper of the two. A staggering nine of the ten teams in the league are over .500 at this point, as it is almost impossible to have a conference night. & Nbsp; & nbsp; "data-reactid =" 58 ">Overview: While the other Red Division of the Public League has more power in the stars, the Red North / West is the deeper of the two. Out of nine league teams in the league, nine of them are over .500, as it is almost impossible to have a conference night.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Orr (10-7, 4-0) is currently the only undefeated in the league, but they have yet to prove themselves against the elite teams in the region and the conference. Whitney Young (13-6, 3-1) remains a favorite despite some points to settle while Uplift (9-4, 3-1) and Lincoln Park (10-6, 2-2) are both in the top 25. best teams. Lane (11-4, 2-2), Marshall (7-4, 2-2) and North Lawndale (8-5, 2-2) are all good at home and help give the league some crazy depth. "Data-reactid =" 59 ">The teams to watch: Orr (10-7, 4-0) is currently the only undefeated in the league, but they have yet to prove themselves against the elite teams in the region and the conference. Whitney Young (13-6, 3-1) remains a favorite despite some points to settle while Uplift (9-4, 3-1) and Lincoln Park (10-6, 2-2) are both in the top 25. best teams. Lane (11-4, 2-2), Marshall (7-4, 2-2) and North Lawndale (8-5, 2-2) are all good at home and help make the league crazy.

Southern suburban blue

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Hillcrest (10-6, 6-0) is the favorite and undefeated to date. Behind them, Tinley Park (11-4, 4-1) and Lemont (9-8, 4-1) have only one game late. Oak Forest (13-4), T.F. is 4-2 in the league. North (9-4) and South T. (7-8, 4-2) can still make an impact by continuing to win. "Data-reactid =" 62 ">The teams to watch: Hillcrest (10-6, 6-0) is the favorite and undefeated to date. Behind them, Tinley Park (11-4, 4-1) and Lemont (9-8, 4-1) have only one game late. Oak Forest (13-4), T.F. is 4-2 in the league. North (9-4) and South T. (7-8, 4-2) can still make an impact by continuing to win.

North of eight

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Overview: The reworked Uststate Eight still has a great three-team race at the top, as the conference tries to look to the future. While the North East is experiencing a difficult year, there are many programs that have recently rebuilt successfully. "Data-reactid =" 64 ">Overview: The reworked Uststate Eight still has a great three-team race at the top, as the conference tries to look to the future. While the North East is experiencing a difficult year, there are many programs that have recently been successful and have been rebuilt.

<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: The class of the conference was West Aurora (15-3, 8-0) until now. Glenbard South (11-3, 6-1) and South Elgin (12-6, 6-2) are the only other two teams in the 10-team conference, even close to more than .500 at this stage, as they will have to dislodge the Blackhawks to catch the ground. & nbsp; "data-reactid =" 65 ">The teams to watch: The class of the conference was West Aurora (15-3, 8-0) until now. Glenbard South (11-3, 6-1) and South Elgin (12-6, 6-2) are the only other two teams in the 10-team conference, even close to more than .500 at this stage, as they will have to shoot down the Blackhawks to take the field.

West Suburban Gold

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<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "The teams to watch: Proviso East (11-3, 4-0) is the only undefeated in the league, a group of three teams lying just behind the Pirates. Downers South (11-5, 4-1), Willowbrook (9-6, 3-1) and Morton (8-6, 2-1) hang around and Leyden (8-7 2-2) presents another team. which could become a problem. & nbsp; "data-reactid =" 68 ">The teams to watch: Proviso East (11-3, 4-0) is the only undefeated in the league, a group of three teams lying just behind the Pirates. Downers South (11-5, 4-1), Willowbrook (9-6, 3-1) and Morton (8-6, 2-1) hang around and Leyden (8-7 2-2) presents another team. which could become a problem.