SCHEDULE / RESULTS | TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW & PREDICTIONS
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Team Points Last Class
1. Fairfield Prep (23-0) (18) 540 1 LL
Last week: Def. Wilbur Cross 75-71; def. Hillhouse 56-52.
Bottom line: The Jesuits won their first SCC championship last Wednesday against Hillhouse.
2. Bridgeport Central (22-1) 494 2 LL
Last week: Def. Stamford 66-47; def. Greenwich 80-72.
Bottom line: Beat Greenwich for the second straight time to win its second straight FCIAC championship.
3. Crosby (22-1) 474 3 LL
Last week: Def. Wilby 90-52; def. Sacred Heart 73-64.
Bottom line: Ten NVL titles in 11 years is an incredible accomplishment for the Bulldogs.
4. Sacred Heart (20-3) 416 4 S
Last week: Def. Torrington 68-52; lost to Crosby 73-64.
Bottom line: Guard Mustapha Heron is expected back after missing last week’s games with a knee injury.
5. Hillhouse (18-5) 406 5 LL
Last week: Def. Career 63-47; lost to Fairfield Prep 56-52.
Bottom line: The Academics have faced Fairfield Prep seven times in the past two seasons. There is a chance for an eighth meeting in the Class LL quarterfinals on March 17.
6. Career (18-4) 338 6 L
Last week: Lost to Hillhouse 63-47.
Bottom line: The Panthers open up Class L tournament play tonight by hosting Naugatuck.
7. Greenwich (20-3) 330 7 LL
Last week: Def. Ridgefield 65-54; lost to Bridgeport Central 80-72.
Bottom line: Cardinals host Shelton in the opening round of the Class LL tournament Tuesday.
8. Wilbur Cross (16-6) 280 8 L
Last week: Lost to Fairfield Prep 75-71.
Bottom line: The Governors lost to Fairfield Prep in the SCC tournament semifinals for the second straight season.
9. New Britain (18-4) 231 9 LL
Last week: No games played.
Bottom line: Hurricanes conclude a nine-day layoff by hosting Danbury in the Class LL opening round Tuesday.
10. Windsor (17-5) 156 NR L
Last week: No games played.
Bottom line: First-round Class L matchup with Trinity Catholic would have been a state final in previous seasons.
Dropped out: Ledyard (10).
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 30-28-26-24-22-20-18-16-14-12-11-10-9-8-7 basis.
Others receiving votes: Weaver (16-8), 135; Capital Prep (21-2), 113; Bunnell (18-5), 111; Ledyard (18-4), 102; Norwich Free Academy (18-6), 94; Terryville (21-1), 75; Cromwell (21-2), 62; Maloney (16-8), 39; Westhill (16-5), 37; Ridgefield (17-5), 35; New London (18-4), 25; Bristol Central (17-4), 20; Kennedy (16-5), 15; East Windsor (22-1), 14; Hartford Public (17-6), 9; Woodstock Academy (18-5), 8; Guilford (17-5) and Kolbe Cathedral (15-8), 7.
The following voted: Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; Marc Allard, Norwich Bulletin; Bill Bloxsom, Hersam-Acorn; Doug Bonjour, Connecticut Post; Jim Bransfield, Middletown Press; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; John Holt, WFSB-3; Sean Krofssik, Meriden Record-Journal; Mike Madera, Elm City Newspapers; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; Joe Palladino, Waterbury Republican-American; Kevin D. Roberts, Bristol Press; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird’s Eye Sports; Peter Wallace, Register Citizen; Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant.
Poll compiled by: Joe Morelli.