AP NEWS

SWC boys basketball championship capsule: ND-Fairfield vs. Immaculate

February 28, 2018 GMT

No. 1 Notre Dame-Fairfield Lancers vs. No. 2 Immaculate Mustangs

WHERE/WHEN — at Masuk High School; Thursday, 7 p.m.

RECORDS — ND-Fairfield: 22-0, 15-0 SWC; Immaculate: 18-4, 13-2

HOW THEY GOT HERE — ND-Fairfield: Defeated No. 8 Newtown 80-57, No. 5 Brookfield 59-56; Immaculate: Defeated No. 7 Stratford 70-58, No. 3 Kolbe Cathedral 51-37.

FINALS HISTORY — ND-Fairfield: Seventh appearance, first since 2017 (defeated Bunnell); Immaculate: Fifth appearance, first since 2016 (lost to ND-Fairfield).

PLAYERS TO WATCH — ND-Fairfield: G Josh Reaves (Jr., 6-foot-3) A versatile guard who can score from virtually anywhere on the court, Reaves had 23 and 21 points, respectively, in the Lancers’ two tournament wins.

Immaculate: G Michael Basile (Jr., 5-11): The sharpshooting guard rose to the occasion against Kolbe Cathedral, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half to send the Mustangs to their second conference final in three seasons.

STORYLINES — Can ND-Fairfield three-peat? The Lancers came into this tournament as the heavy favorite after steamrolling through the regular season. They’re 22-0 and ranked second in the GameTimeCT/Register poll behind the state’s only other unbeaten, East Catholic. The Mustangs, winners of six straight games, will need to slow down Reaves, point guard Tyler Bourne and forward Noreaga Davis if they want to capture their first conference title since 2012. The Mustangs lost at home to ND-Fairfield, 56-40, on Jan. 9. This is a rematch of the 2016 final, won by ND-Fairfield.

-Doug Bonjour