Hearst Connecticut Media rates the top regional basketball programs (first-place votes, records in parentheses):
- FAIRFIELD PREP (8) (16-0): Jesuits’ Paschal Chukwu towers over the competition, but Tommy Nolan is a big reason behind Prep’s perfect record too.
- GREENWICH (14-0): Cardinals visit Central on Tuesday in most anticipated FCIAC game of the season.
- WESTHILL (13-2): Vikings take on city rival Stamford Wednesday in what is sure to be an emotionally-charged contest.
- CENTRAL (13-1): Hilltoppers respond to first loss by beating next two opponents by a combined 163-111. Up next in Central’s sights – undefeated Greenwich.
- NOTRE DAME-FAIRFIELD (12-3): Surging Lancers run win streak to 11 games, but Immaculate will having something to say about that on Friday.
- RIDGEFIELD (11-3): Tigers run win streak to six. Intriguing home games against Trinity Catholic and Weston up next.
- WESTON (11-3): Trojans quietly working their way to the top of SWC behind eight-game win streak, which is in jeopardy next week with games against Bunnell and Ridgefield.
- BUNNELL (11-4): Bulldogs have plenty of talent, but can they find the consistency needed to meet high expectations?
Receiving votes: Kolbe Cathedral (10-5), Stamford (10-4)
Contributing votes: Chris McNamee, Reid L.Walmark, David Fierro, Scott Ericson, Doug Bonjour, Ryan Lacey and Jonathan Chik.