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No Shot Clock, Ep. 115: Wrapping up the season and a look ahead

No Shot Clock, Ep. 115: Wrapping up the season and a look ahead

March 17, 2020

Joe Henricksen and Michael O'Brien review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode opens with a big mailbag of listener questions. After that we break down every Class 3A and Class 4A sectional semifinal, since that is the last basketball fans across the state will get this season. 

The podcast concludes with a look at the possible top ten teams for next season. 

Topics include:

-The Illinois High School Association's decision to cancel the state tournament

-Fenger's terrific season

-What is the deal with sub-sectionals?

-Is there a clear-cut preseason No. 1 team next season? Is it Notre Dame, Simeon or Evanston?

All that and a ton more.

No Shot Clock, Ep. 114: Sectional preview, All-Area next five

No Shot Clock, Ep. 114: Sectional preview, All-Area next five

March 10, 2020

Michael O’Brien and Joe Henricksen review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode opens with a quick preview of the Class 1A and Class 2A supersectionals and then we breakdown the five players that received votes for the Sun-Times All-Area team but didn’t make the final list of 20 players.

After that it is all sectional talk. We break down every Class 4A sectional semifinal in the state and hit on all of the Class 3A semifinals in the Chicago area.

Topics include:

-Aurora’s two underdogs

-Appreciating Wauconda’s season

-The Fox Valley’s chances at Peoria

-Very in-depth looks at Bloom vs. Marian, H-F vs. Thornton, Curie vs. Morton

All that and a ton more.

No Shot Clock, Ep. 113: Regionals preview, Peoria predictions

No Shot Clock, Ep. 113: Regionals preview, Peoria predictions

March 3, 2020

Joe Henricksen and Michael O’Brien review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode opens with an in-depth discussion of the Illinois High School Association’s tentative schedule for the new state finals weekend format.

Topics include:

-Why is the IHSA playing third place games at 7 pm on Thursday and Friday in the new state format?

-Is Notre Dame the clear favorite in Class 3A?

-Could Joliet West really play for the Class 4A state title?

-Don’t miss a possible Dom Martinelli vs. Max Christie matchup on Friday

-Why the state tournament has to move to Champaign

-The top ten regional games in the Chicago area

-Watch out for Lincoln and Peoria Notre Dame

All that and a ton more.

LISTEN: Listener mailbag | No Shot Clock, Episode 112

LISTEN: Listener mailbag | No Shot Clock, Episode 112

February 25, 2020

Michael O’Brien and Joe Henricksen review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode starts up with our Two Takes.  Then we get into the feature segment, where we dive into a huge listener mailbag full of all types of questions.

Things finish up with a brief look at the week ahead.

Topics include:

-Could Barrington make a state tournament run?

-Will Evanston make it to Peoria?

-What trades would you make to improve teams?

-How will Rolling Meadows and Buffalo Grove fare in March?

-Rants on the seeding process

-Will Oak Forest finally win the conference?

-More on Indian Creek

-Aquan Smart’s commitment to Maryland

 

All that and a ton more.

Answering the big questions | No Shot Clock, Episode 111

Answering the big questions | No Shot Clock, Episode 111

February 18, 2020

Joe Henricksen and Michael O’Brien review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode starts up with a big listener mailbag followed by Mike and Joe each giving their Two Takes. Then we get into the feature segment, where we answer some of the season’s big questions. 

Things finish up with a brief look at the week ahead.

Topics include:

 -Does Joliet West have enough to make a run to state?

-Player of the Year talk

-What is the state’s best conference?

-The season’s biggest surprise?

-Our favorite teams to watch

-Which player would you want to take a game winner?

-What team has the most to prove in March?

-This season’s biggest disappointment

-The team no one is talking about but should be

All that and a ton more.

 

No Shot Clock, Ep. 110: Conference surprises

No Shot Clock, Ep. 110: Conference surprises

February 11, 2020

Michael O’Brien and Joe Henricksen review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode starts up with a huge listener mailbag followed by Mike and Joe each giving their Two Takes. Then we get into the feature segment, Conference Surprises, where we breakdown some of the things that have surprised us so far in various conference races.

Things finish up with a brief look at the week ahead.

Topics include:

-Should the Public League ditch the super conferences?

-Sleeper picks for state in all four classes

-Top five candidates for Player of the Year

-Undefeated Indian Creek and the Little Ten

-Should non-boundaried schools play for a different state title?

All that and a ton more.

The Stock Report | No Shot Clock, Episode 109

The Stock Report | No Shot Clock, Episode 109

January 28, 2020

Joe Henricksen and Michael O'Brien review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode starts up with a quick listener mailbag followed by Mike and Joe each giving their Two Takes. Then we get into the feature segment, The Stock Report, where we each breakdown five teams whose stock we think is overvalued and five teams whose stock we would purchase. 

Things finish up with a brief look at the week ahead.

Topics include:

-How good was Ronnie Fields as a pro prospect?

-A look back at the When Sides Collide Shootout

-Which White Division teams could pull off upsets in the city tournament?

-Has Simeon turned the corner?

-Previewing the Public League playoffs

-Undefeated Indian Creek

 

All that and a ton more.

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No Shot Clock, Ep. 108: The best teams no one is talking about

No Shot Clock, Ep. 108: The best teams no one is talking about

January 21, 2020

Michael O'Brien and Joe Henricksen review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball.

The episode starts up with a listener mailbag followed by Mike and Joe each giving their Two Takes. Then we get into the feature segment, talking about eleven teams that have flown under the radar while putting together excellent seasons. 

Things finish up with a brief look at the week ahead.

Topics include:

-Why didn't a Chicago venue bid on the state basketball tournament?
-Has Orr considered moving up in class?
-DePaul Prep's resurgence
-Appreciating Thornton
-Why it appears the state tournament is moving back to Champaign
-A look at Buffalo Grove, Naperville Central, St. Patrick, Richards and more as we get into the under the radar teams

All that and a ton more. 

No Shot Clock, Ep. 107: The ten breakout players of the 2019-20 season

No Shot Clock, Ep. 107: The ten breakout players of the 2019-20 season

January 14, 2020

Joe Henricksen and Michael O’Brien review the past week of action in Chicago high school basketball. 

The episode starts up with a huge listener mailbag and then Mike and Joe each pick five breakout players that have opened eyes this season. Things finish up with a brief look at the week ahead.

Topics include:

-DeKalb’s new status

-More shot clock talk

-The state bracket has been determined. A look at the draw in Class 3A and Class 4A

-The Pat Gordon situation at Lincoln Park

-Fun White Division basketball

-Aquan Smart’s recruitment

All that and a ton more.

No Shot Clock, Ep. 106: Reviewing the decade’s best teams and players

No Shot Clock, Ep. 106: Reviewing the decade’s best teams and players

January 7, 2020

Joe Henricksen and Michael O'Brien take a look back at the past decade. The episode opens with a small mailbag of listener questions and a brief discussion of some happenings from the last several days. 

Then it is time to dive into the 2010s. First we discuss the ten best players of the decade, breaking them down into a first and second team. 

Up next is an in-depth discussion of the 13 best teams of the decade, including a handful of great teams that just missed the cut. 

Both those lists have been revealed previously, but there is some No Shot Clock exclusive content as well. We reveal the ten programs that arrived on the scene this decade. It's a list of teams that never had winning programs or had been dormant for ages and came alive and experienced great success the past ten years. 

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