About a week after they were supposed to come out in the first place, the 2012 CIAC state tournament pairings were released Wednesday morning.
Actually, the tournament began Tuesday night with a Class LL boys play-in game between West Haven and Hamden, for the right to play No. 1 seeded Norwalk.
When the actual playoffs begin — they’re scheduled to start Thursday — is anyone’s guess with this rain/snow/sleet mix currently hitting Connecticut.
Some interesting first round boys games include: newly crowned SCC champion Fairfield Prep hosting Fairfield Ludlowe in a Class LL first round game; longtime border rivals New Canaan and Darien play in a Class L match up; Bunnell and Berlin meet again in Class L, two years after playing in the L semifinals.
One good thing in the way the bracket fell is that No. 1 Norwalk and No. 3 Fairfield Prep are on opposite sides of the Class LL draw, meaning if they play it would have to be in the final. These are probably the two best teams in the state, which would make for a terrific matchup if the Bears and Jesuits take care of business in the early rounds.
In Class L Barlow, with a first round bye, seems to have gotten a favorable draw, too.
A couple girls games to keep an eye on are, Fairfield Ludlowe and Shelton (Class LL) who’ve met a few times in the state tournament in recent years and Barlow hosts Law (Class L), which is making its first state tournament appearance since the early 1990s.
Below are links to each bracket, be sure to check often for postponements.
Also note, for the second straight year, the finals will be contested over Thanksgiving weekend.