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Poll: Which team will win the FCIAC boys basketball title?

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Sophomore Jeremiah Livingston has been one of the stars on the surprising Westhill boys basketball team.

We have reached the midway point of the FCIAC boys basketball regular season, and we kick off our coverage by asking the same question we did a month ago: Which team will win the conference title?

Obviously we now have a greater body of work to go by. And the keyword of mid-December — parity — remains the keyword in mid-January.

We have already seen some stunning upsets and surprise teams. We will discuss those in the upcoming Second-Chance points.

There are currently just three teams with one loss or fewer in league play: unbeaten Westhill, Trinity Catholic and St. Joseph. Just 2 1/2 games separate the teams that would be ranked 5 through 13.

Right now I would make four teams favorites to win the championship: St. Joseph, Trinity Catholic, Ridgefield and Bassick, the latter, despite three losses, one that always peaks in late February.

No Westhill, the only remaining unbeaten team? It has gotten by with turning the ball over too often and I think it is finally going to catch up with the Vikings. No Norwalk or Bridgeport Central? I could see both teams winning two games, but each seems to be missing that one piece that would allow them to run the table.

Still, Westhill, Norwalk and Central cannot be discounted, so we are going to give you the seven mentioned teams as your choices. Do you think this is the year of a real surprise? Pick the Other category and send a comment along with your pick and why.

We will keep the vote open until noon on Thursday. And be on the lookout for much more coverage coming your way this week, on the blog here and in The Advocate.

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