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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tournament semifinal-round predictions

Here's your matchups and predictions, plenty of bulletin-board material for everyone to use:

NVL semifinals at Wilby, Monday:
No. 2 Crosby vs. No. 6 Wilby: These two split the season series and Wilby playing on its home floor. But Wilby is one of the state's true Jekyll-and-Hyde teams and Crosby is the reigning seven-time NVL champ.
Prediction: the champ plays for its eighth straight title.

No. 1 Holy Cross vs. No. 5. Watertown: Watertown knocked off Kennedy, the only team to beat Holy Cross this year. The Crusaders won't get caught napping in this one.
Prediction: Holy Cross.

FCIAC semifinals at Webster Bank Arena, Monday:
No. 4 Bassick vs. No. 8 Trinity Catholic: Trinity has played giant killer of late, beating both Ridgefield and St. Joseph, the latter in the quarterfinals. I think Bassick will benefit having played at Webster Bank already in an overtime loss to St. Joseph on Feb. 17.
Prediction: Bassick

No. 3 Westhill vs. No. 7 Stamford: Stamford has already beaten Westhill twice. It may be tough to beat a team three times in a season, but...
Prediction: Stamford

SCC tournament semifinals at Quinnipiac University, Tuesday
No. 3 Wilbur Cross vs. No. 2 Hillhouse: Speaking of beating a team three straight, that's what Hillhouse tries to do here. Cross needs to have a siginficant rebounding advantage to move on and needs to keep the turnovers to a minimum against Hillhouse's full-court pressure. This game is going to the final minute this time and ...
Prediction: Hillhouse by 4

No. 5 Fairfield Prep vs. No. 1 Career: Prep faces its toughest test yet. Career plays tenacious defense, which could offset a subpar offensive performance. But Prep has some weapons in Terry Tarpey and Rob Bier and Career needs to be better than it was against Amity. The Panthers will.
Prediction: Career, by 5.

Shoreline tournament semifinals at site of higher seed, Tuesday:
No. 5 Hale-Ray at No. 1 Valley Regional: It's been over a month since Valley had a win below double digits. Hale-Ray has had a good season, but this one is too much to ask, especially in Deep River.
Prediction: Valley moves on

No. 6 Old Lyme at No. 2 Cromwell: Old Lyme upset Hyde in the quarterfinals while Cromwell is seeking its third straight berth in the Shoreline final. That will happen.
Prediction: Cromwell

SWC Tournament semifinals at Masuk, Tuesday
No. 3 Pomperaug vs. No. 2 Stratford - Pomperaug lost by 10 at home to Stratford during the regular season. This game will be decided in the single digits this time, but the defending champion moves on.
Prediction: Stratford by 6.

No. 1 Notre Dame-Fairfield vs. No. 4 Kolbe Cathedral: Notre Dame won both regular-season games against Kolbe. Notre Dame wants that SWC title badly and won't look past the Cougars.
Prediction: Notre Dame.

CCC Tournament semifinals at Bulkeley, Tuesday:
No. 1 Northwest Catholic vs. No. 4 Windsor: The best semifinal-round tournament game in the state's best league this year by far. Northwest features one of the state's best in Kuran Iverson and he will see some of the best pressure defense the Indians have faced all season. I wish I could be in two places at once (I will be at the SCCs). Maybe someone will read this and send me the game film.
Prediction: Windsor

No. 2 Maloney vs. No. 3 Hartford Public: Both CCC matchups have teams facing one another for the first time and combining for just one loss between the two participants. A pretty good nightcap featuring two teams that don't get as much recognition as the two teams left in the other bracket, but both will still be tough outs in March.
Prediction: Maloney

ECC Tournament semifinals
No. 5 Plainfield vs. No. 1 New London: I'd love to be able to make an argument for Plainfield but I just can't.
Prediction: New London rolls

No. 6 Waterford vs. No. 7 Stonington: The winner of the upset portion of the bracket gets to finish second to you-know-who.
Prediction: Stonington


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