Those papers in the trash across the room are the discarded Patriot League scripts for the 2014-15 season. With some irony, I mentioned in my preview just before conference play started that the non-conference campaign had pretty much gone according to plan. Continue reading
If Fairfield wasn’t coming off a 7-25 season littered with many games similar to Monday, coach Sydney Johnson probably wouldn’t have been so disturbed, and could dismiss the Stags’ collapse against Bucknell in a 72-66 overtime loss Monday as an aberration, But the normally mild-mannered Johnson (now in his fourth year at Fairfield) held his team for a good 20 minutes in the locker room after the contest to try to figure out how to finish teams off. With MAAC play opening Friday and Manhattan and Quinnipiac looming as its first two opponents, the time for experimenting is just about over and Johnson’s mixtures just haven’t produced a finished product thus far.
The 2013-14 season has handed Bucknell more conference losses (seven) than in the previous three Patriot League seasons combined (five). After finishing 36th in the country in defensive efficiency last season, Bucknell’s attack on that end of the floor has been far closer to average. Continue reading