The CIAC boys basketball schedules were released on Thursday. Because of the 11-week football schedule, the regular season will not open until Dec. 18.
And because of that schedule, the finals will be a week later – March 22-23, 2014 – at the Mohegan Sun. March 23 is a Sunday. Yes, tentatively, three finals for either boys or girls basketball will be held on a Sunday and five on Saturday, March 22.
More on that at a later date.
On opening night alone, we have some interesting matchups:
- Wilbur Cross at Hand: Both teams will be SCC contenders this season.
- Masuk at Notre Dame-West Haven: Coaching debuts for both teams. John DeGennaro recently stepped down at Masuk – no replacement yet. Jason Shea becomes the first man in many, many years other than Gary Palladino to patrol the sidelines at Notre Dame-West Haven.
- Bassick at Trinity Catholic: Best game on the FCIAC slate.
Hillhouse, last year’s No. 1 team in the final Register Top 10 poll, will face New Britain at the New Haven Athletic Center on Jan. 18. I’m told the Academics will also face a team from Massachusetts as its other game, but that game is not on the CIAC schedule.
Wilbur Cross will play at Hartford Public and against an unknown team in the Doc Hurley Classic.
Career has replaced Newtown in the SWC Tip-Off Tournament. The Panthers will face Notre Dame-Fairfield at Bunnell on Dec. 19, followed by Bunnell hosting Kaynor Tech.
The NVL has just one non-league game this season. Couple of interesting matchups:
- Bunnell vs. Crosby
Cheshire vs. Wilby
Holy Cross vs. Notre Dame-West Haven
There will be more to come as the season draws closer. Check out the CIAC boys basketball page and give me your most intriguing matchups for the 2013-14 season.