2012-2013 Season Preview: Fairfield

Filed under Season Preview on November 8th, 2012
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The 2012-2013 season gets underway for Fairfield basketball on November 10 against Central Connecticut State. The Stags are looking to live up to the expectations of last season's run. They'll need to overcome the loss of 45% of their minutes from last season with the contributions of five incoming freshmen.

Fairfield will see the largest deficiency on defense, where the team lost 64.9% of their shot blocking. Following that is rebounding, where they also lost a big 53.1% of last year's output.

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Fairfield played to a final overall record of 17-13 last season, placing 3rd in the MAAC with their 12-6 conference record. The Stags lost to Loyola (MD) 48-44 in the finals of the MAAC tournament. Fairfield will feel the loss of last year's seniors Rakim Sanders (32 minutes per game), Ryan Olander (26 MPG), and Gary Martin (3 MPG). The Stags will also have to live without Jamel Fields (transferred to St. Peter's), Sean Crawford (12 MPG), and Adam Jones (7 MPG).

The Stags return junior Maurice Barrow (9.3 points/game), senior Derek Needham (11.8 points/game), senior Desmond Wade (3.0 assists/game), senior Colin Nickerson (1.3 steals/game), and junior Keith Matthews (3.7 points/game).

The Stags get incoming freshmen including 6-2 Justin Jenkins, 7-0 Josip Mikulic, 6-6 Marcus Gilbert, 6-8 Amadou Sidibe, and 6-6 Coleman Johnson. The team also gets 7-0 sophomore Vincent Van Nes and 6-3 sophomore Sean Grennan (transferred from Seton Hall). The first MAAC game for Fairfield is against Canisius on December 7th.

Season Preview Notes:
  • Fairfield has had 3 consecutive 20+ win seasons.
  • Since 2002, Fairfield has an overall winning percentage of 55.5%. The Stags have been improving over the last 5 years with an overall winning percentage of 60.8%.
  • The Stags have an average conference finish of 3.0 over the last 5 seasons. Over the past 16 the team has an average finish of 4.6.
  • The average final RPI (last year) of opponents on this year's schedule is 174.4.
  • This year's opponent with the highest RPI from last year is Iona (#51).
  • This year's opponent with the lowest RPI from last year is Canisius (#333).

Tags: Rakim Sanders, Ryan Olander, Gary Martin, Jamel Fields, Sean Crawford, Adam Jones, Maurice Barrow, Derek Needham, Desmond Wade, Colin Nickerson, Keith Matthews, Justin Jenkins, Josip Mikulic, Marcus Gilbert, Amadou Sidibe, Coleman Johnson, Vincent Van Nes, Sean Grennan

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MAAC Standings

1 Iona 22-11 17-3
2 Manhattan 25-8 15-5
3 Quinnipiac 20-12 14-6
3 Canisius 21-13 14-6
5 Siena 20-18 11-9
6 Rider 14-17 9-11
6 St. Peter's 14-17 9-11
6 Marist 12-19 9-11
9 Monmouth 11-21 5-15
 10Fairfield 7-25 4-16
11 Niagara 7-26 3-17
Last updated: Apr 10th, 2014

2013-2014 Roster

#15 Maurice Barrow Sr F 6-5 210
#24 Doug Chappell Fr G 6-2 175
#5 Lincoln Davis Fr G 6-3 170
#44 Malcolm Gilbert Jr C 6-11 235
#14 Marcus Gilbert So F 6-6 185
#55 Sean Grennan Jr G 6-3 175
#0 Justin Jenkins So G 6-2 175
#35 Coleman Johnson So F 6-6 215
#23 Steve Johnston Jr G 6-0 170
#1 Andrew Leone Fr G 5-6 150
#20 K.J. Rose Fr G 6-1 190
#21 Amadou Sidibe So C 6-8 215
#25 Steve Smith Fr F 6-8 190