No. 1 Fairfield Pep and No. 6 Hillhouse square off for the second time this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Floyd Little Athletic Center.
Earlier this month, Fairfield Prep handed Hillhouse its first loss 72-62 at Alumni Hall. Prep still hasn’t lost despite guard Ryan Murphy being out since that game with a high ankle sprain. He won’t suit up today either.
Hillhouse has lost twice since then, to Career and Wilbur Cross. So how do the Academics pull the upset? Their top two players, Raiquan Clark and Shane Christie, have to play better than they have in recent weeks. They need to dominate and the Acs need to play very good defense to have a chance.
Prep has a lot of answers: Center Paschal Chukwu, guards Tommy Nolan, Keith Pettway and Dave Zielinski. And the Jesuits don’t panic. They came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Career at the athletic center on Jan. 19.
Basically, Hillhouse needs to play its best and most complete game of the season to win. The odds are against the Academics.