Simeon climbs in national rankings

Simeon took a step closer in its quest for the nation’s No. 1 boys high school basketball ranking on Tuesday.

The Wolverines moved up one spot to No. 7 in ESPN RISE’s latest POWERADE FAB 50 following their win over Morgan Park on Saturday. Simeon, the defending Class 4A state champions, is 16-0 this season and has won 23 consecutive games dating back to last season.

Benet also jumped five spots to No. 34 in this week’s poll. The Redwings improved to 21-0 with a win over Glenbard East on Saturday.

Simeon and Benet, which are No. 1 and No. 2 in ESPNChicago.com’s rankings, meet in the City/Suburban Showdown at UIC on Feb. 19.

Peoria Notre Dame, the only other Illinois team in FAB 50, moved up three spots to No. 43. The Irish are 18-0 on the season.