Breaking down the conferences
SCC: Feb. 20 could be the finals preview at Quinnipiac University - Hillhouse vs. Career. Hillhouse won the first matchup way back in the season opener.
Which team can derail this matchup? I think Fairfield Prep has the best chance because their best player, Terry Tarpey, has carried the team on its shoulders. Problem with Prep is much like last year, the team did not face any of the three New Haven schools during the regular season and that could hurt them in the tournament.
It's hard to pick against a Hillhouse-Career matchup.
Shoreline: Good luck figuring out which of the four schools in the Large Division that will win the league title: Valley Regional, Cromwell, Coginchaug and Haddam-Killingworth. And is there a sleeper like Old Lyme was last season?
My guess is no and I think Friday's matchup between Valley and Cromwell could be a finals preview. Just a hunch.
SWC: Kolbe Cathedral vs. Immaculate on Feb. 17 will determine the regular-season top seed. It would be easy to pick this as the final as well but...I won't. Notre Dame-Fairfield will find a way to meet one of these two schools in the final.
CCC: Much like the SCC, it's a shame certain schools do not play one another. And Hartford Public won't face either Northwest Catholic or Windsor during the season. But Northwest plays at Windsor on Feb. 17 and Northwest would dearly love to pay back the Warriors for last year's beatdown in the CCC Tournament semifinals.
Those two teams will meet again...in the final.
NCCC: It's Enfield...and everyone else.
ECC: It's New London...and everyone else
FCIAC: St. Joseph should be in the final. Trinity Catholic, Ridgefield and Bassick could be the opponent. Don't forget about Westhill, either.
CSC: Capital Prep vs. Classical Magnet. Khalil Dukes and Jaquann Starks combined for around 100 points back in their matchup back in December. Would be worth it to see these two teams play again.
NVL: Crosby has won the previous eight. Watertown has been a nice surprise and very well could be the champion. Wilby and Holy Cross, with a healthy Mike Mallory, should round out the final four.
I probably should have my head examined for picking against the only team that has ever won the tournament - Crosby - but Watertown is the selection.
Berkshire: How about a Northwestern-Gilbert final? Sounds good to me...