UPDATED: Fairfield BB vs. Top 25 opponents … there’s a win!

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Over the past couple of weeks, since I initally put out this list of Fairfield against Top 25 opponents, several of you brought up the Stags’ 123-103 win over Holy Cross in the 1977-78 season. Now, originally, when I went through the Crusaders official media guide and checked out their past seasons, there was no ranking number next to Holy Cross when they faced the Stags on Jan. 21 at Alumni Hall, meaning they were not ranked.
However, I checked (as did numerous Stag fans) an historic AP poll website that shows each and every poll dating back to 1948 when the Associated Press first started doing the Top 20 poll. When the Jan. 17, 1978 poll came out, Holy Cross was ranked 14th in the country. When the Jan. 24 poll was released, the Crusaders were not ranked. Holy Cross and Fairfield played Jan. 21 — before the new poll was announced — meaning when they played, the Crusaders were ranked 14th.

So …

here’s the updated list …
And if anyone else can think of one that I missed, drop me an e-mail at celsberry@ctpost.com

STAGS VS. RANKED OPPONENTS (1-50)

YEAR TEAM RANK SCORE
1949-50 Holy Cross 4 L, 89-43
1959-60 Providence 15 L, 100-57
1962-63 Providence 10 L, 85-65
1964-65 Providence 9 L, 72-65
1965-66 Providence 6 L, 74-62
1965-66 St. Joseph’s 3 L, 100-74
1966-67 Providence 9 L, 89-71
1967-68 St. Bonaventure 4 L, 70-69 (ot)
1968-69 Duquense 11 L, 85-75
1968-69 Houston 1 L, 108-76
1969-70 St. Bonaventure 4 L, 86-59
1970-71 Villanova 18 L, 97-60
1970-71 Fordham 10 L, 75-59
1972-73 Providence 19 L, 93-57
1976-77 Providence 8 L, 44-31
1977-78 Holy Cross 14 W, 123-103
1979-80 Notre Dame 4 L, 69-59
1980-81 Notre Dame 12 L, 57-55
1981-82 Virginia 7 L, 107-66
1985-86 Illinois(NCAA) 19 L, 75-51
1986-87 Syracuse 9 L, 93-74
1986-87 Indiana (NCAA) 4 L, 92-58
1988-89 UConn 18 L, 71-48
1989-90 UConn 8 L, 74-39
1990-91 UConn 15 L, 94-70
1991-92 UConn 5 L, 89-59
1991-92 Wake Forest 22 L, 91-62
1992-93 UConn 22 L, 90-66
1993-94 UConn 15 L, 75-57
1994-95 Georgetown 12 L, 87-42
1994-95 UConn 20 L, 74-49
1995-96 UConn 8 L, 86-52
1996-97 North Carolina (NCAA) 5 L, 82-74
1997-98 UConn 10 L, 90-63
1998-99 Duke 1 L, 98-66
1998-99 UConn 1 L, 102-67
1999-00 Kansas 11 L, 97-71
1999-00 UCLA 13 L, 76-57
1999-00 UConn 2 L, 84-60
2000-01 UConn 11 L, 100-66
2002-03 Duke 3 L, 86-58
2003-04 Duke 2 L, 99-58
2005-06 Missouri 14 L, 75-59
2006-07 Georgetown 14 L, 73-60
2006-07 UConn 21 L, 74-49
2007-08 Georgetown 5 L, 61-49
2008-09 Memphis 13 L, 90-63
2008-09 UConn 2 L, 75-55
2009-10 Maryland 25 L, 71-42
2011-12 UConn 8 L, 79-71
2013-14 Louisville 3 L, 71-57

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