Went 8-4 in the opening round Thursday. Terrible. Hope to be better for Saturday.
Let our version of March Madness begin:
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Notre Dame-West Haven vs. Fairfield Prep: Notre Dame hung with the state’s No. 1 team for the better part of three quarters before Prep pulled away. Prep has found a way all year. It will again Saturday. PREP
Guilford vs. Wilbur Cross: Guilford was competitive in both losses to Hillhouse and has beaten Hand and Notre Dame. But if Cross is on its game, it won’t matter. WILBUR CROSS
Xavier vs. Career: Xavier survived against West Haven in the opening round and has struggled down the stretch. Career is not the team the Falcons will turn it around against. CAREER
Branford vs. Hillhouse: Branford gets to play on its home floor with nothing to lose. If the Hornets make their shots and play defense, they will hang around. But Hillhouse is playing its best ball at the right time. HILLHOUSE
E.O. Smith vs. Hartford Public: Expect a low-scoring game here against two teams that haven’t got much respect from the voters this season. E.O. SMITH
Glastonbury vs. Simsbury: E.J. Crawford may be the best player on the floor, but Glastonbury has played the tougher league schedule. GLASTONBURY
Windsor vs. Maloney: I picked against the team that owns this tournament once already. I won’t make THAT mistake again. WINDSOR
Westhill vs. Stamford: Stamford won the regular-season matchup between these city rivals. Westhill exacts revenge. WESTHILL
Greenwich vs. Wilton: Greenwich has too much for Wilton. GREENWICH
Ridgefield vs. McMahon: MCMAHON
Hyde at Cromwell: This was the Class S state final a few years back. How times have changed. CROMWELL
Coginchaug at Westbrook: Westbrook rebounds off being crushed by Cromwell in the regular-season finale. WESTBROOK
Old Lyme at East Hampton: You think the Bellringers will be slightly annoyed losing to Portland in their last game? I do too. EAST HAMPTON
Old Saybrook at Valley Regional: The defending champion gets off to a good start. VALLEY.
Newtown vs. Kolbe Cathedral: Kolbe one of the true Jekyll-and-Hyde teams this season. The good one shows up Saturday. KOLBE CATHEDRAL
New Fairfield vs. Bunnell: Real tough spot here for the Rebels on the Bulldogs’ home floor. BUNNELL
Weston vs. Pomperaug: Weston has struggled down the stretch. POMPERAUG
St. Paul vs. Wilby: Remember when Wilby was ranked in the top 10? Team has been in free-fall mode ever since. Still…WILBY
Sacred Heart vs. Naugatuck: Class S Division watch out. SACRED HEART
Kennedy vs. Torrington: Kennedy won both games in overtime this season. Won’t need it this time. KENNEDY.
Waterford vs. NFA: NFA
New London vs. Tourtellotte: New London
Woodstock Academy vs. Bacon Academy: One of the more intriguing games of the entire day, featuring the defending Class L state champ, which will find a way here to move on. WOODSTOCK ACADEMY.