Let’s take a look at how the brackets may shape up when the CIAC finalizes them on Wednesday morning.
There will be one playdown game between Central Connecticut Conference foes Hall and Newington with the winner getting top-seeded Fairfield Prep, the lone remaining undefeated team.
Remaining undefeated will be a tough task for the Jesuits. If East Hartford can beat Xavier in the opening round — East Hartford won by 1 back in December — then the Hornets will travel to Prep for a second-round game. Prep won 78-75 in the LL semifinals last year.
Awaiting in the quarterfinals could be defending Class LL champion Hillhouse if it can beat Westhill in the second round in Stamford. Then Greenwich or New Britain would await in the semifinals if seeding holds to form.
Bridgeport Central and Crosby will be in the other half of the bracket as the No. 2 and 3 seeds. Cheshire would be the No. 18 seed in that half of the bracket.
Capital Prep will be the top seed, followed by Career and Bristol Central at No. 2 and 3, respectively, followed by Windsor at No. 4 and defending champion Woodstock Academy at No. 5.
Exactly 32 teams have qualified, so no one will receive a first-round bye.
Three area teams, Guilford, Wilbur Cross and Bunnell, should be seeded 7-9 and both Guilford and Cross will host two games if seeding holds to form. That means Bunnell could play at Cross in the second round.
Notre Dame-West Haven and Stratford will be on the road in the opening round.
Only 28 teams have qualified in this division, which means the top four seeds will receive opening-round byes. Lewis Mills is the top seed while Notre Dame-Fairfield is No. 2.
East Catholic will be seeded third and likely Bacon Academy will be fourth. Notre Dame, East Catholic and Bacon Academy have all been eliminated from its respective conference tournaments.
Weston, a finalist in this division last year, and Weaver, the Class S finalist last year, are seeded No. 11 and 12 respectively. There is not a single New Haven area team in this division.
The top five seeds, East Windsor, Terryville, Sacred Heart, Cromwell and Westbrook, will all receive first-round byes. Valley Regional, last year’s Class M champion, is back in S and should be seeded eighth.
Hyde looks to be seeded 20th and will be on the road in the opening round beginning next week.