High school boys basketball predictions from the so-called experts (Week of Dec. 8, 2017)

Armstrong-Potomac vs. Milford, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Blue Ridge vs. Fisher, 7 p.m. Friday
PBL at Clifton Central, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Tuscola vs. Uni High, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Unity at Arcola, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Urbana vs. Peoria Manual, 7:30 p.m. Friday
Chrisman vs. Oakwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday
SJO vs. Tri-Valley, 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Rantoul vs. Chicago Corliss, 7 p.m. Saturday
VGH vs. Sullivan, 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Andrew Rosten, Ford County Record (7-3)
Milford
Fisher
PBL
Tuscola
Unity
Peoria Manual
Oakwood
SJ-O
Rantoul
Sullivan

The Panthers remain undefeated with their second straight win in the SVC.

Matt Daniels, The News-Gazette (8-2)

Milford
Fisher
PBL
Tuscola
Unity
Peoria Manual
Oakwood
SJO
Rantoul
VGH

It’s hard to believe that Brandon Trimble is finally out of eligibility at SJO. Jordan Brooks, Jack Cook, Bryce Haake and the rest of the Spartans should be able to handle Tri-Valley.

Zack Carpenter, Rantoul Press (6-4)

Milford
Fisher
PBL
Tuscola
Unity
Peoria Manual
Oakwood
SJO
Corliss
VGH

Saturday’s nonconference matchup between the Eagles and Corliss will be interesting, mostly to see how Rantoul (almost undoubtedly led by Latavius Winston) defends 6-10 Iowa State signee George Conditt.

Christine Walsh, The County Star (4-6)

Milford
Fisher
PBL
Uni High
Unity
Urbana
Oakwood
SJO
Rantoul
Sullivan

A hot Milford team will continue to roll past the Trojans.

Nora Maberry-Daniels, The Leader (7-3)

A-P
Fisher
PBL
Tuscola
Unity
Peoria Manual
Oakwood
SJO
Corliss
VGH

Guys, I was pleasantly surprised watching the SJO vs. Westville game last weekend. If SJO continues to play like that it could be a very, very long and happy season.

Scott Richey, The News-Gazette (7-3)

A-P
Fisher
PBL
Tuscola
Unity
Urbana
Chrisman
SJO
Corliss
VGH

Sometimes you just have to ride teams. That’s what I’m doing at this point of the season with Unity and Fisher. Sometimes you have to think outside the box a little. Like picking Urbana in an “upset” that might not actually be an upset.

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