ON CAMPUS A look at the area college sports scene

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Just some things to think about while pondering your CIAC and NCAA brackets.


Hillhouse meets Torrington tonight at CCSU at 7:30 p.m.
The Red Raiders have one of the state's top coaches in Tony Turina. He is a veteran coach and led Torrington to the Division II state title last year.While Turina is well-regarded behind the bench, you have to give a lot of credit to Hillhouse coach Kermit Carolina.
Remember he lost four starters from last year's team and has lost just one game this year.
While Carolina was the Register's coach of the year last year, he's probably done a better job this year, considering all the talent that graduated. The Academics still have two major hurdles to climb to defend their title.
In the Class L, Maloney is still on a roll and a true threat to claim the No. 1 spot in the final poll.
In Class M, the winner of Weston-Sacred Heart game looks like the eventual champion.
In Class S, I picked Canton to claim the title and they haven't been tested throughout the tourney so far, so I'll stick with them. Coginchaug, the No. 1 seed, is still alive.

NCAA women

Just one quick thought on the brackets.
Who sits in on the selection process?
All the powerhouses are in Tennessee's bracket and it looks like smooth sailing for the Huskies to reach the Final Four.
It always seems like the NCAA women's tournament is prearranged to get the Huskies and their large following the easiest road possible. Some say it's because ESPN wants it that way as UConn attracts the most television viewers.
If you don't believe that sit down at the Register one night when the Huskies aren't on CPTV field the calls from irate fans.
It's madness.
UConn will be tested by NC State but should reach the finals.
My pick to win it all is Duke. North Carolina is the most talented team but you have to play some defense.

NCAA men

When the CIAC completes it action I'll check in from time to time to step on Brett Orzechowski's shoes and give some insight to the men's tournament.
My champion pick is North Carolina. They're deep and talented and if you watched the game against NC State last weekend you saw that they do one of the most important things you can do in tourney action and that is shoot free throws.
They made their first 20 from the line in the ACC final.
My sleeper pick is Virginia Tech. Watch out for this one Kansas.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill..I like your picks for the NCAA

March 30, 2007 at 5:45 PM 

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