Record: 13-10, 8-4
Fairfield entered the 2011-12 season with high expectations. The Stags were picked to finish No. 2 in the MAAC, and there was even talk of the MAAC receiving two NCAA tournament bids between Fairfield and Iona.
But once again, Fairfield underachieved.
Its only respectable non-conference wins are over Arizona State and Old Dominion, neither of which are too impressive. Granted that the Stags did have a tough non-conference schedule, they still needed more wins over teams like Providence, Dayton and Indiana State to live up to preseason expectations.
In MAAC play, Fairfield has not been terrible. The Stags are No. 4 in the conference, and three of their four losses have come from the top three teams in the MAAC. The fourth loss came at Siena, which is notorious for having a significant homecourt advantage.
Fairfield clearly has the talent to be a premier mid-major. The Stags best players consist of Boston College transfer Rakim Sanders; former MAAC Freshman of the Year, Derek Needham; and 7-foot Ryan Olander. This trio has the potential to dominate in the MAAC.
Second place is still possible for Fairfield, but regardless, the Stags have not been the dominant mid-major they were supposed to be.
Next game: vs. Manhattan