Just a couple of tidbits from the local college basketball scene. The Fairfield University men’s basketball team found out its ESPN Bracket Buster opponent Tuesday afternoon and its Albany from the America East.
The Stags (14-10) winner of four straight, meet the Great Danes on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena. Albany is 17-7 overall.
The Stags final non-conference game of the season comes at the end of a five-game home stand that sees Fairfield face off against St. Peter’s on Thursday, Manhattan on Saturday, Siena on Feb. 14 and Iona on Feb. 18 before the Great Danes come to town.
With seven regular season games left, along with the upcoming MAAC tournament in Springfield, Mass., Fairfield has a solid chance to post its fourth straight 20-plus win season, a feat never before accomplished in the history of the program.
Last season, Fairfield finished with a 22-15 record, reached the finals of the MAAC tournament and advanced into the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com tournament . In 2010-11, Fairfield went 25-8 and reached the second round of the NIT. In 2009-10, the Stags posted a 23-11 mark and advanced into the second round of the CIT.
Previous Bracket Buster games
2011-12 — @Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lost 67-63
2010-11 – Austin Peay, Won 76-69
2009-10 — @Vermont, Lost 77-67
2008-09 – Hofstra, Lost 61-56
2007-08 — @Drexel, Won 60-51
2006-07 – William & Mary, Won 61-45
2005-06 — @Chicago-Loyola, Lost 73-70
2004-05 – Cal-State Northridge, Lost 68-65
In other news, junior forward Mo Barrow was named the co-MAAC Player of the Week along with Iona’s David Laury. Barrow posted 10 points and eight rebounds, going 5 of 9 from the floor in 30 minutes off the bench in a win at St. Peter’s and then netted a career-high 25 points, shooting 8 of 13, and added 10 rebounds in 37 minutes off the bench as the Stags topped Rider.
For the season, Barrow is averaging 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game overall and 11.4 points with 5.3 rebounds in the MAAC.
In case you missed it, here’s my column that ran in Monday’s Connecticut Post on Barrow.